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Heating Assistance Program Starts Nov. 1

Grants help income-qualified homeowners repair or replace ineffective furnaces

Chicago homeowners who need emergency heating assistance can seek help through the City’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) starting Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012.

EHAP provides grants to income-qualified Chicago residents who cannot afford to repair or replace the faulty heating systems in their homes.

“The program improves the health and safety conditions in local homes while also providing for improved energy efficiency,” said Andrew J. Mooney, commissioner of the Department of Housing and Economic Development, which administers the program.

To be eligible for EHAP assistance, property owners must live in the building and have a household income below 50 percent of area median income ($37,900 for a family of four). Other restrictions apply.

Applications are accepted through March 31, 2013. Required documents include proof of property ownership, household income and insurance, along with current property tax and utility bills. Once an applicant is approved, HED staff inspect the property.  Licensed contractors selected by HED make the repairs.

To initiate the application intake process, homeowners can call 311 or HED’s customer service line at (312) 744-3653.