WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM?

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. Who is eligible for this program? To be eligible for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Illinois and you must need financial assistance with home energy costs. A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as SNAP, SSI, TANF, automatically meets the eligibility requirement.

When:

The LIHEAP application period is September 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022, or until funding is exhausted.

Locations:

Tri–County in Princeton, IL

Please call them for an appointment at 815-876-6064

Income Eligibility:

If your household's combined income for the 30 days prior to application (gross income, before taxes are deducted) is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level*, as shown in the chart below, you may be eligible to receive assistance. If you rent, and your heat and/or electric is included in the rent, your rent must be greater than 30% of your income in order to be eligible to receive assistance.

Family Size Monthly/Yearly Income:

  1. 1$2,147   $25,760

  2.  $2,903   $34,840

  3. $3,660   $43,920

  4. $4,417   $53,000

  5. $5,173   $62,080

  6. $5,930   $71,160

  7. $6,590   $79,081

  8. $6,737   $80,838

Bring all appropriate documentation:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period beginning with the date of application.

  • A copy of current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if energy directly paid for).

  • A copy of rental agreement (if renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and land-lord contact information.

  • Proof of Social Security numbers or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)for all household Proof the household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

  • Proof the household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services. How To Apply -Utility Bill Assistance (illinois.gov)