ComEd Extends Deadline for Financial Assistance Satellite Sites

August 8, 2015

Four new sites added to help administer $2.7 million in financial assistance that is still available for distribution in 2015

 

Chicago, Illinois (NED).– ComEd today announced its CARE satellite sites will remain open until Aug. 21, an additional two week beyond the original closing date. These locations will help to continue administering ComEd CARE programs, which provide customers in need with financial assistance to pay their electric bills. Also the utility is adding energy fairs and four new satellite sites, bringing the total to 15 community locations, to expand application opportunities for customers. Approximately $2.7 million in financial assistance is still available for distribution this year.

 

“This is the fourth consecutive year ComEd has dedicated $10 million to our CARE funds that help customers in need of assistance and we expect, as in past years, that these funds will run out soon,” said Val Jensen, senior vice president of Customer Operations. “We want to ensure that customers who are eligible for this assistance are aware of its availability and the locations they can visit to apply for this help.”

 

Due to budget issues the state closed CEDA, which administered ComEd’s CARE programs. In order to maintain access to these needed funds, ComEd opened satellite locations on July 27 and hired 24 former personnel from the social service agency. The sites will remain open until Aug. 21 and are intended to help administer funds devoted to helping eligible military families, veterans, and senior citizens, as well as individuals who may have experienced a job loss, illness, disability, or other hardship and are in need of help paying their electric bill. The company is looking to extend the $10 million share-holder funded contribution to these programs through 2021 under new legislation, known as ComEd’s Future Energy Plan.

 

CARE Programs

Residential Special Hardship Program – Customers with a past due balance on their electric bill and experiencing a hardship may be eligible to receive a one-time grant toward their electric bill every two years. Grant amounts may vary. A hardship can include job loss, illness, disability, or other hardship.

 

CHAMP (ComEd Helps Activated/Veteran Military Personnel) – This program provides bill-payment assistance to deployed members of the military and honorably discharged veterans who have fallen behind on their bill and who reside within ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory. CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including bill payment assistance of up to $1,000 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.

 

Non-Profit Assistance Programs – ComEd extended this program to include all non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations. This program typically provides a one-time variable grant once every two years of up to $2,000 for 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations that are experiencing a hardship.

 

Satellite Sites

* Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1751 W. 47th St.

(2nd floor)

Chicago

* El Valor’s Technology Center

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1950 W. 21st St.

Chicago

* Enlace Chicago

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

2329 S. Troy

Chicago

* North and Talman Elderly Apartments

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1600 N. Talman Ave

Chicago

Fellowship Baptist Church

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

4543 S. Princeton

Chicago

Thornton Township

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

333 E 162nd St

South Holland, IL

Bethlehem Star church

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

9231 S Cottage Grove Ave"

Chicago

South Austin Coalition

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

5071 W Congress Parkway

Chicago

Heritage International Christian Church

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

5308 West North Ave.

Chicago

Mt Vernon Baptist Church

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

2622 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago

TriedStone Full Gospel Baptist Church

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1415 W. 104th Street

Chicago

Grace and Peace Community Center

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

2100 North Kildare

Chicago

Lake County Administration

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

1200 W. Glen Flora Ave.

Waukegan

Community Contact Incorporated

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

By appointment only

Call 847-697-4400 to schedule an appointment

Aurora

Community Contact Incorporated

9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

By appointment only

Call 847-697-4400 to schedule an appointment

DeKalb

* New satellite location to open Aug. 10 through Aug. 21.

 

The ComEd Smart Ideas Energy Efficiency Program also helps customers save money and manage their energy bills. Since its inception the program has saved customers more than $1 billion. And earlier this year, ComEd also filed for a delivery rate reduction with the ICC that will decrease customer rates by an unprecedented $50 million in January of 2016.

 

For more information on ComEd’s financial assistance programs, including eligibility requirements please visit ComEd.com/CARE or call 1-888-806-CARE (2273) – press option 2.

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