CHICAGO – As the weather begins to cool down, state Rep. Lakesia Collins, D-Chicago, is highlighting opportunities for assistance for low-income residents to heat their home this fall and winter.
“One thing that families should not have to worry about this year is how they will heat their home,” said Collins. “As families continue to recover from financial hardships due to the pandemic, relief for high utility bills and other costs related to heating your home are available if you and your household are struggling to make ends meet.”
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program available for Illinois residents to manage costs associated with home energy bills. This can include assistance will utility bills, energy crises, home weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs. Households can qualify if their gross income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Residents can apply for LIHEAP at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/HomeWeatherization/CommunityActionAgencies/Pages/HelpIllinoisFamilies.aspx
“During difficult times, assistance programs like LIHEAP take one more worry off the table for our families,” Collins said. “I encourage anyone that is worried about their utility bills hindering them from living healthily and comfortably as the weather turns cooler to apply for this program.”