Joyce Encourages Qualified Residents to Apply for Energy Bill Assistance (Kankakee, IL) — State Senator Patrick Joyce is urging qualified residents to apply for this year’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to help with utility costs. Applications will be accepted starting Oct. 2 through Aug. 15, 2024.
“As we approach the colder months, electricity bills tend to become higher,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “Access to affordable energy is a necessity, and this program ensures that families facing financial hardships can keep their homes safe and comfortable.”
The energy bill assistance program offered through the Help Illinois Families Program in program year 2023 will provide $237 million to eligible families to assist with natural gas, propane and electricity bills. Last year’s LIHEAP funding — which was available from September 2022 through May 2023 — provided assistance to a record number of 311,214 households.
Beginning Oct. 2, eligible families can apply to this year’s program by visiting HelpIllinoisFamilies.com or by visiting their local agency (a list of partners throughout the state can be found here). Families can also call 1-833-711-0374 for assistance in 30 languages.
“Families should not have to choose between heating their homes and other household essentials,” said Joyce. “I’m encouraging all qualified people to apply for LIHEAP when applications open next month.”
All families who meet the qualifications and provide proper documentation will receive support until funding is exhausted. Families who earn up to two times the federal poverty level are eligible to receive support through LIHEAP.
Joyce Encourages Qualified Residents to Apply for Energy Bill Assistance