Nicor Gas is extending the deadline for its Extreme Winter Relief Fund to May 9. The program began in March to help more eligible customers qualify for heating assistance after one of the most severe winters in a decade.
The relief fund, which is a temporary extension of Nicor’s Sharing Program, provides grants to eligible customers without requiring them to make a matching payment. Under the special program, Nicor offers $300 in assistance to eligible customers younger than 65 years old; those older than 65 can receive $350. Customers interested in applying for the program must meet all income and qualifying criteria and must have made payments totaling $75 within 60 days of the application date.
Qualified applicants must be residential heating customers of Nicor with a payment due and must have a household income between 150 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. They also must be ineligible for state or federal energy assistance.
Customers interested in applying for help through the Extreme Winter Relief Fund can visit any of 41 local Salvation Army offices, including locally at 830 Grove St. in DeKalb, and should take with them proof of income, proof of residence, proof of $75 payment within the past 60 days and a current Nicor bill.
Nicor encourages customers to call 888-642-6748 or visit www.nicorgas.com for more information about the Extreme Winter Relief Fund.