CICERO, Ill. — State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, is encouraging residents to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to make sure they have access to the utilities they need this upcoming winter. LIHEAP assists eligible low-income households with paying for home energy services such as heating, gas, propane and electricity.

“With fall and winter quickly approaching, it is absolutely essential that families are able to afford to heat their homes,” Hernandez said. “As families struggle with the impact of inflation and the effects of the ongoing pandemic, LIHEAP offers vital assistance to those in need so that they can live safely and comfortably.”

Households whose income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level for the 30 days prior to application may be eligible to apply for assistance. Residents who rent and whose heat and/or electric is included in the rent can be eligible if their rent is greater than 30% of their income. The application period for LIHEAP begins Sept. 1, 2022 and closes on May 31, 2023 or until funding is exhausted.

“No family should have to go without food or other basic necessities to afford heat or electricity, but fortunately there are resources that can help. I highly encourage residents in need to apply for LIHEAP aid as soon as possible,” said Hernandez. “I will always work to connect my constituents with the services and resources they need to improve their circumstances and live full lives.”

To submit an online Request for Services form, please visit After submitting a Request for Services form, residents will be contacted by their local administering agencies to apply for LIHEAP. Residents may also contact the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County at 800-571-2332 for assistance.

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