LIHEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) is a block grant program that provides financial assistance for energy costs to low-income households. The program will begin open enrollment starting Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 for winter energy service and operates until funds are exhausted. Illinois residents have the option between 2 programs:
– Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Direct Vendor Payment (DVP) helps income-eligible households in the form of a one-time benefit payment to the utility companies applied directly to the energy bill.
– Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Percent of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) helps income-eligible households in the form of monthly payments to the utility companies based on utility usage and monthly income.
To find the nearest intake site click here. Appointments fill up quickly so arrive early/on time to avoid rescheduling. Be sure to have all of your information ready.
To apply, you will need the following:
- Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day period prior to the application date.
- 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 landlord contact information.
- Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members.
- Proof that household received TANF or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or SNAP, if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.
Income Guidelines are as follows:
Family Size Annual Income
*Remember that using the stove for heat is NOT SAFE.