What is Illinois HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP Illinois?
To qualify for Illinois HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of Illinois
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
How to apply for Illinois HEAP
Contact your local Community Action Agency to make an appointment to apply for LIHEAP. Locate the Community Action Agency nearest you.
Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA)
208 South LaSalle Street, Suite 1900 (LIHEAP Suite 2010)
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1001
Telephone: 800-571-2332 (LIHEAP & IHWAP) or 312-795-8998 (Weatherization)
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Web site: Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA)
Illinois also provides Weatherization Assistance Program ( Illinois WAP) service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on Illinois HEAP:
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of Energy Assistance
100 West Randolph, Suite 3-400
Chicago, Illinois 60601
TEL: (312) 814-2606
FAX: (312) 793-2718
WEB SITE: http://www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/
WEATHERIZATION WEB SITE: www.weatherizationillinois.com
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-877-411-WARM (9276)