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ComEd Donates $300,000 to Help Seniors Pay Electric Bills this Holiday Season

This holiday season, ComEd is giving the gift of energy by donating more than $300,000 to the special “Senior Giving” hardship fund. The fund was created to help seniors pay off past due balances on their electric bill. With the fund, ComEd will pay up to $1,500 on electric bills for eligible customers through Thursday, December 25, or until funds are exhausted. 

To qualify, customers must be over the age of 60 with a past due balance; not on a Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP); have no unpaid tampering charges; and have not received a Residential Special Hardship grant within the last two years. 

“We understand customers sometimes struggle to make ends meet and we want to do all we can to help, especially during the holiday season,” said Val Jensen, ComEd’s senior vice president of customer operations. “By providing this special financial assistance fund, we are able to help customers who are experiencing a hardship, such as a recent illness or job loss, but may not qualify for other federal or state-sponsored assistance programs.”

Evanston customers who wish to apply for the program are recommended to contact the Community and Economic Development Association’s (CEDA) Energy Services Hotline at 800-571-2332 for screening. Customers can also contact CEDA Evanston, 2010 Dewey Ave., at 847-328-4140 or the North Shore Senior Center’s (NSSC) Evanston Social Services Office, 840 Dodge Ave., at 847-864-3721. 

When visiting CEDA or NSSC locations, customers should provide their driver’s license or state ID for proof of age, social security card and a recent ComEd bill showing the past due balance. The name on the bill must be listed on the account as the primary or secondary customer. 

The “Senior Giving” hardship fund is part of ComEd’s CARE program, which offers a range of financial assistance to help qualifying customers pay their electric bills. 

For more information, call CEDA’s Energy Services Hotline at 800-571-2332 or visit CEDA’s website.