Program DescriptionThe 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.
LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCEO). Energy Assistance is provided by local community action agencies or not-for-profit agencies throughout the state. You may contact the agency provider in your area to apply for assistance.
General Program RequirementsIn 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.
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.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo find out how to apply, please visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Utility Bill Assistance page "How to Apply" section.
Program Contact Information
For more information on Illinois LIHEAP, please visit the Utility Bill Assistance page.
Public inquires can also be toll-free: 1-800-252-8643
Residents in central Illinois can call: 217-785-6135