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Priority Enrollment for Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) opens for Seniors Oct. 1

NAPERVILLE, Ill.Sept. 30, 2015 – The start of fall means the heating season is upon us, and Nicor Gas wants to remind senior and disabled customers who may be eligible for financial assistance to take advantage of funds available that help offset winter heating costs. Beginning, Oct. 1, qualifying customers can apply for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) prior to the general enrollment period. General enrollment for all other qualified customers will begin on Dec. 1.

Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, LIHEAP is a federal block grant that provides resources to states to help low-income families meet their energy assistance needs. The program, which provides heating assistance to low- and fixed-income residents, including working families with young children and senior citizens, allows a one-time annual payment to help offset a consumer’s energy costs.

Under the income guidelines for LIHEAP, a household’s combined monthly income for the 30 days prior to application may not exceed 150 percent of the federally established poverty level as shown in the chart below. For more information about LIHEAP or to locate a local application agency, residents can call 877.411.9276 (WARM).

Illinois LIHEAP Income Guidelines

Illinois LIHEAP Income Guidelines 

 Family Size

30 Day Income

Annual Income

 1

 $1,471

$17,655 

 2

 $1,991

 $23,895

 3

 $2,511

 $30,135

 4

 $3,031

 $36,375

 5

 $3,551

 $42,615

 6

 $4,071

 $48,855

 7

 $4,591

 $55,095

 8

 $5,111

 $61,335

Another program available is the Nicor Gas Sharing Program, which provides one-time annual grants to qualified residential customers. Administered by the Salvation Army, the Sharing Program is funded by direct contributions from Nicor Gas’ customers and employees. Customers can make donations via their monthly gas bill payment.

New to the Sharing Program this year are special programs designed for disabled veterans and customers in crisis situations. Eligible customers earning between the 150% to 300% Federal Poverty Level (FPL) can receive a Sharing Grant up to $350 or $400 depending on their age and account balance.

Nicor Gas customers have been able to apply for Sharing assistance through the Salvation Army since 1983. Last year, the program assisted more than 1,655 households in northern Illinois.

Customers are required to apply in person at a local Salvation Army office. For those who have been approved for a Sharing grant, the Salvation Army will make payments to Nicor Gas on their behalf.

New guidelines for Nicor Gas Sharing Program

 Sharing Eligibility Guidelines

 

Family Size

Minimum Gross
Monthly Income
(150%)

Maximum Gross
Monthly Income
(250%)

Max. Gross
Monthly Income
(300%)
crisis only 

 1

 $1,471

 $2,452

$2,943 

 2

 $1,991

 $3,319

 $3,983

 3

 $2,511

 $4,185

 $5,023

 4

 $3,031

 $5,052

 $6,063

 5

 $3,551

 $5,919

 $7,103

 6

 $4,071

 $6,785

 $8,143

 7

 $4,591

 $7,652

 $9,183

 8

 $5,111

 $8,519

 $10,223

 

For more detailed information about programs available to Nicor Gas customers, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About Nicor Gas
Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), is a natural gas distribution company that serves more than 2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit www.nicorgas.com.

About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves over one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit www.aglresources.com.

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