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:

  • First business day of October– Income-eligible applicants with an elderly household member (age 60 or older) or a disabled household member who are connected or disconnected may apply for LIHEAP.
  • First business day of November– Income-eligible applicants with children under the age of 6 years and households who have been disconnected from their primary and/or secondary energy source may apply for LIHEAP.
  • First business day of December– All income-eligible households may apply for 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
  2. A one-time payment to you when heat is included in your rent, but only if your rent exceeds 30% of your income

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:

  • the first business day of October for households with an elderly household member (age 60 or older) or a disabled family member;
  • the first business day of November for households with children under the age of 6; and
  • the first business day of December for all other income-eligible households.

To qualify for assistance you must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level and be able to show proof of ownership (property deed, tax bill or mortgage statement).

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