The city of Peoria has launched a Utility Assistance Program to provide utility bill relief to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of $300,000 has been dedicated to the Utility Assistance Program, providing up to six consecutive months of payments for delinquent electric, gas, or water bills to approved applicants.
The Utility Assistance Program, made possible through the federal CARES Act that awarded the city of Peoria with funding in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding to assist our community’s response to COVID-19. The Utility Assistance Program helps keep residents in their homes and prevent homelessness.
The application period begins at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 19th and ends at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 14th. Applicants must be City of Peoria residents living at or below 80% of the median area income. Applicants will be asked to complete the application and provide supporting documents. Applications are available online or in paper form at City Hall, 419 Fulton Street, Room 203, Peoria, Illinois, 61602. Residents may call 309-369-2060 to have a paper application mailed to them.
The lottery will be held on Wednesday, May 19th at 10:00 AM via GoToMeeting. Applicants do not need to be present to be selected. The selected applicants will be contacted by City staff and a list of the selected applicants will be available at www.appreciatepeoria.com.
An online training session will be available on Monday, April 19th via www.appreciatepeoria.com, the City of Peoria’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFSvbSbrYFWbq_YbYEJRR2w and Channel 22 to assist residents with the application process. Residents may also call Cassie Belter, Grants Coordinator at 309-369-2060 for application assistance.