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The State of Illinois has received over $242 million, funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, to ramp up the program to improve the energy efficiency of homes and apartments for low-income residents. An energy efficient home is more comfortable in winter and summer and less expensive to maintain because it uses less energy to heat and cool.

The Weatherization program can provide safety and health equipment, repair or replace heating systems, seal air bypasses and other drafty areas, increase attic, wall, basement, and crawl space insulation. These measures will save energy for homeowners and keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

To be eligible, a household must be at or below 200% of the poverty level; for a family of four, that’s $44,100. 00 special emphasis is given to families with children under the age of five, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Please note: If you are LIHEAP approved or if you or someone else in your household receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Transitional Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) you automatically qualify for weatherization with approved supporting documentation.

To find out more about the Weatherization program, contact CEDA/Neighbors At Work at 847-328-5166 or visit us at 1229 Emerson St.