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Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP)

The main objective of the PIPP is to make energy bills more affordable and to help maintain home energy service throughout the year. By enrolling in the PIPP, the household agrees to enter into a monthly budget bill payment plan based on utility usage with the participating utility. The household is required to pay a portion of the budget bill and the State will pay a monthly benefit amount up to a maximum amount. The PIPP will help reduce bills only if participants make the required full, on-time monthly payments. The utility will reduce the account’s pre-program arrearage, for each on-time monthly payment made by the bill due date, up to a total of $1,000 for the program year. The PIPP option is available starting October 1, 2017 until funds are exhausted.


Mid Central Community Action announces Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) in McLean and Livingston Counties.

Mid Central Community Action will begin taking applications for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan or PIPP on starting Sunday, October 1, 2017, and conclude on Wednesday, May 31, 2018, or until funds are exhausted. Applications will be taken by appointment only.

Households must meet requirements in one of the following priority periods in order to be eligible to apply in that time frame. To qualify, these households must have incomes equal to or less than 150 percent of the poverty level. For example, a single-person household can qualify with a monthly income of up to $1,508, a family of 4 can earn up to $3,075.

October 1st eligibility includes:
    • Households that contain a member who is elderly (age 60 and above).
    • Households that contain a member receiving social security disability benefits or veteran’s disability benefits.Required documentation must include a letter of determination from the Social Security Administration or receipt of social security disability benefit statement.
November 1st eligibility includes:
    • Families with children under the age of 6 years.
    • Households whose utility service(s) is(are) disconnected or under imminent threat of disconnection households
    • LIHEAP furnace applications.
December 1st eligibility includes:
    • Open enrollment to all households that meet income guidelines.

The focus of the program is gas heat and electric services. Payment amounts are based on household size and 30-day income. If you meet the eligibility requirements, please make an appointment by calling 309-829-0691 in McLean County and 815-844-1169 in Livingston County on or after October 1, 2017. Individuals seeking appointments can also send an email starting on October 1st to if they reside in McLean County and if they reside in Livingston County. Responses to emails and appointment requests will not begin until Monday, October 2nd. The MCCA Pontiac Office is currently open Monday-Thursday, 8:00am to 1:00pm. Hours in Pontiac will be extended starting October 2nd, to 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday with an hour closure from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Walk-in appointments will also be made available in the McLean and Livingston offices as well.