The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is administered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and is designed to help eligible low-income households pay for energy services.
LIHEAP will provide a one-time per program year benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of the benefit is determined by income, household size, fuel type and geographic location. An overdue bill or cut-off notice is not required. Your source of fuel does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to receive assistance. Propane and wood also qualify for a benefit.
Help with reconnection assistance may be available if your household is disconnected or threatened from an disconnect notice from an energy source needed for heating or if a delivered-fuel supplier has refused to deliver and the fuel tank contains 25% or less.
You may be eligible to receive assistance under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) if your income for the prior 30 days including application date is at or below the following levels shown on the “LIHEAP Income Guidelines & How to Apply” tab below. If you rent, and your heat and/or electric is included in the rent, then your rent must be greater than 30% of your income in order to be eligible to receive benefits.
ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
- Social Security cards of all persons in home
- Most current Utility bills (Gas, Electric, Propane)
- Proof of income for all persons over age 18 living in the home – all income received for the prior 30 days including application date.