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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Attention: Updates to LIHEAP Season

The current LIHEAP season will end on Aug. 15, 2024. However, aid might not be accessible in certain regions due to agencies depleting their funding.

Please visit or call 877.411.9276 for more information.

LIHEAP Guidelines

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides qualifying households with monetary relief for energy bills.

LIHEAP funds do not need to be paid back. Eligibility is based on several factors, including household size and income. Funds are provided in one lump sum from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

To qualify for LIHEAP, a household's combined income for the 30 days prior to application must be at or below a certain level. For renters, heat and/or electric must be included in the rent, and rent must be greater than 30 percent of total income in order to be eligible for benefits.

These figures are based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines published in the US Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register. The state reserves the right to adjust these levels based on the availability of federal appropriations.

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Application
    Contact your nearest Community Action Agency to find out if you qualify, what paperwork you need to bring to apply and to arrange an appointment to meet with an agency representative. 
    • Community Action Agencies offices and phone numbers Call 877.411.9276 (WARM). 
    • TDD for the hearing impaired: 800.785.6055. 
    • Seniors may contact the Illinois Department on Aging "Senior Hotline" at 800.252.8966 (voice and TDD) for a referral to their local Community Action Agency.
  • Step 2: Notification
    If eligible, you will be informed of the amount of assistance you can receive. The agency will notify your energy provider(s) of your participation in the program.
  • Step 3: Payment
    The agency will make payments to the energy provider(s) on your behalf.
    When applying for assistance, you will need to provide the following information/documents:
    • A copy of your current gas bill
    • Applicants that have their utilities included in the rent must bring proof of rental agreement stating monthly rental amount, that utilities are included, and landlord contract information. (Rent costs must be greater than 30% of current household 30-day income)
    • A copy of your current lease/proof of residence
    • A valid driver’s license
    • Social Security card/numbers for all household members (Hard-copy Social Security cards, print-out from the Social Security Administration)
    • Proof of 30-day income from all household members.
    • If a member of your household receives TANF, you must bring their Medical Eligibility Card.

Where to Apply

To see if you are eligible for LIHEAP, contact an agency near you.

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois
County Served: Dewitt


Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency
Counties Served: JoDaviess and Stephenson


Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc.
County Served: Cook


Project NOW
Counties Served: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island


Community Contacts, Inc.
847.697.4400 (Kane)
815.758.3835 (DeKalb)
Counties Served: DeKalb and Kane


Rockford Human Services Department
Counties Served: Boone and Winnebago


DuPage County
Department of Human Resources

County Served: DuPage


Tazwood Community Services
Counties Served: Tazewell, Woodford, Livingston, and McLean


East Central Illinois
Community Action Agency

Counties Served: Ford, Iroquois and Vermillion


Tri-County Opportunities Council
Counties Served: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside


Kankakee County
Community Services, Inc.

County Served: Kankakee


Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials
Counties served: Adams, Brown, Pike and Schuyler


Community Action
630.553.9100 (Kendall)
815.941.3262 (Grundy)
Counties Served: Grundy and Kendall


Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
County Served: Champaign


Community Action Partnership of Lake County
County Served: Lake


Western Illinois Regional Council
Counties Served: Hancock and Henderson


McHenry County
Housing Authority

County Served: McHenry


Will County Center for Community Concerns
County Served: Will


2023-2024 LIHEAP Income Guidelines

Family Size    

Maximum Gross Monthly Income 200%






















Please see your local agency.

Need a payment arrangement? 

In addition to energy assistance programs, we offer flexible payment arrangements. 
Call us at 888.642.6748 to make a payment arrangement.