Families urged to seek help paying heating bills

January 3, 2008 3:03:18 PM PST
Mayor Daley is urging low-income families to take advantage of programs that help pay winter heating bills.

The federal government estimates that because of higher oil prices, the average American household will spend about $1,000 on heating this winter. That's about 11 percent higher than last year. But help is available.

The "Share the Warmth" program provides grants for eligible peoples gas customers. Customers can apply at any Salvation Army branch in the city.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- or LIHEAP -- provides grants to low-income families. To apply, contact the community and economic development association of Cook County at 1-800-571-CEDA.

"I want to emphasize that no one should suffer this winter because they've run short of money. Help is available. Help spread the word throughout the city of Chicago," Mayor Daley said.

The mayor reminded Chicagoans they can call 3-1-1 for information about all winter assistance programs.