announces start of LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program
Application period open for seniors,
people with disabilities
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[September 10, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced
that seniors and people with disabilities can now begin applying for
winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are
made on behalf of certain low-income households containing
individuals with health risks.
“Last winter was one for the record books. Our residents shouldn’t
have to worry about utility costs when warming their homes,”
Governor Pat Quinn said. “The goal of this program is to make
certain that Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens can remain healthy,
safe and warm this winter.”
Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for
- Proof of gross income from all household members for the
30-day income period beginning with the date of the application.
- A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued
within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly).
- A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting)
showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount
and landlord contact information.
- Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.
- Proof that their household received TANF or other benefits,
such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance
from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
“Thanks to the LIHEAP program, Illinois families can feel
confident that they will remain safe and warm in their homes this
winter without the worry of burdensome energy bills,” DCEO Director
Adam Pollet said. The agency’s Office of Energy Assistance
administers the program.
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LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy
assistance program for low-income families in which heating bill
payments are made on behalf of households. LIHEAP applications are
processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies
around the state.
A single-person household can qualify with a monthly
income of up to $1,459; a two-person household up to $1,966; a
family of three can earn up to $2,474; and a family of four can earn
up to $2,981. Benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf
of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating
costs are included in their rent.
Disconnected households and families with children age 5 or under
can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance beginning Oct. 1.
Individuals not eligible for priority enrollment can apply beginning
Applicants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis until
funding is exhausted.
Households who utilize propane gas to heat their homes and are
income-eligible are encouraged to contact their local administering
agency to apply for energy assistance.
For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and
additional information about the program, go to
or call the energy assistance toll-free hotline at 1 877 411-WARM.
ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY]