CHICAGO – As cooler temperatures near, state Rep. Fran Hurley is encouraging residents in need of heat, electricity and gas assistance to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“We don’t want anyone to be forced to choose between putting food on the table or turning on the heat on a cold day,” Hurley said. “Help is available, but some families may not realize it. LIHEAP is a critically important program that helps families cover the cost of energy, and right now new applications are being accepted.”
Applications for the program opened up in September, which accepts new enrollees until May 31, 2022 or when funding is exhausted. To qualify, households must have a combined income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level in the 30 days prior to application. Renters may also be eligible to receive assistance.
Application information, frequently asked questions and other resources are available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx.
“Even though this program has a lengthy application period, funding can be exhausted,” Hurley said. “I encourage residents to apply as soon as they are able to. My office is also open and available to help residents access state services at RepFranHurley@gmail.com or 773-445-8128.”