Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist Will County low-income eligible households pay for winter energy services.

There are now two options available under LIHEAP:

Direct Vendor payment: will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of the payment is determined by income and household size. An overdue bill or shut-off notice is not required. You do not have to own your home or pay energy bills directly to be eligible for assistance. Your source of fuel does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to receive assistance.

Direct Vendor assistance may be either:

  1. A one-time payment made directly to your gas and/or electric supplier
    OR
  2. A one-time payment to you when heat is included in your rent, but only if your rent exceeds 30% of your income

PIPP ( Percentage of Income Payment Program): Under this program the eligible clients will pay a percentage of their income, receive a monthly benefit towards their utility bill, and lower their overdue bills for every on-time payment they make by the bill due date. You must be a customer of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) or Nicor in order to be eligible for this portion of LIHEAP.

The LIHEAP program also includes an Emergency Furnace Component that will repair or replace non-operational heating systems for income-eligible homeowner-occupied residents. This program is offered starting in October for income eligible household seniors and person w/disability and November for everyone else. To qualify for assistance, you also must be at or below 150% of the poverty level and be able to show proof of ownership (property deed, tax bill or Mortgage statement).

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