The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

How to Apply for LIHEAP in Illinois:

Contact your local Community Action Agency to apply for LIHEAP. Click here to find the one in your area.

Eligbility:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs. In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,054
8 $60,135

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,090 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

More Information:

For more information on Illinois LIHEAP, please visit the Utility Bill Assistance page or call 1-800-252-8643.