ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – With the weather starting to become colder and energy bills beginning to increase, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is encouraging residents over 60 years old to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which will begin accepting applications on Oct. 2.
“With the fall months officially here and the cold weather coming, it is important that residents prepare for an increase in their energy bills as they start to heat their homes,” said Manley. “No one should have to live without heat, so I encourage residents to take a few moments and see if LIHEAP can help them save some money on their energy bills this winter.”
LIHEAP helps households under a certain income threshold pay for their home energy services, including gas, electric, and propane costs. Beginning Oct. 2, seniors over the age of 60, people with disabilities, and households with children under the age of 6 can apply for assistance. On Nov. 1, households that have been disconnected from their utilities may apply, and on Dec. 1 the rest of the general public can begin to apply. The application period runs until Aug. 15, 2024 or once funds have been exhausted. To check income qualifications or to apply, please visit helpillinoisfamilies.com.
As part of her efforts to help keep money in the pockets of her residents, Manley has worked to help residents keep up with rising utility bills. This year, she helped pass a bill that protects residents from disconnection when the temperature is at least 90 degrees or when the area is under an excessive heat watch. Manley also helped pass legislation to protect consumers from high-priced alternative retail electric and gas suppliers, preventing consumers from being duped into paying more for their energy needs.
“With the many financial pressures that working people are facing, the last thing they need is to pay more for utilities than they need to,” said Manley. “Whether it’s through programs such as LIHEAP or legislation in Springfield, I am committed to finding ways to lower energy bills and get residents the relief they need.”