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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 September 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, or until funds are exhausted.

Mid Central Community Action announces Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) in McLean and Livingston Counties.

The program begins on Thursday, September 1, 2016, and concludes Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 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 $1,485 a family of 4 can earn up to $3,038.

September 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.
  • October 1st eligibility includes:

  • Households that contain a child who has not yet turned 6 years old at time of application.
  • Households that are disconnected from one or both utilities.
  • LIHEAP furnace applications.
  • November 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 will be based on household size and 30-day income.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements, please make an appointment

    McLean County: 309-829-0691 or

    Livingston County: 815-844-3201 or

    on or after September 1, 2016.