PIPP: New Utility Assistance Program
For decades, advocates and community based organizations urged adoption of a percentage of income payment plan (PIPP) as the solution to the affordability crisis facing low income households that pay utility bills. Last year, Governor Quinn signed legislation adopting PIPP and in September 2011 we began to see this new program roll out. PIPP, a utility assistance program for low-income households with burdensome energy bills, can help Illinois residents make regular, modest, monthly payments. These fact sheets can be used to educate community members about the new program. They provide an overview of the program and eligibility requirements.