Illinois Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

Illinois Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

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For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stress on the family's budget. In some cases, families will be forced to make painful decisions about which bills to pay and which necessities to cut. The federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income households pay for winter energy services. Fortunately, Rock Energy Cooperative works with LIHEAP, which benefits about 300,000 Illinois households each year.

LIHEAP Details

LIHEAP heat and electric assistance is a one-time benefit payment per heating season that is intended to help pay a portion of a household's heat and electric costs. The benefit amount depends on household size, income, and energy costs. In most cases, the benefit is applied as a credit directly to the household's Rock Energy account. You do not need to duplicate your efforts by applying for assistance with both your local agency and Rock Energy.


You are eligible for heating assistance if your household's combined income is at or below the levels shown on this chart:

Illinois LIHEAP Income Guidelines
for the 2019-2020 Heating Season
Household Size 30-Day
Household Income
Household Income
1 $1,561 $18,735
2 $2,114 $25,365
3 $2,666 $31,995
4 $3,219 $38,625
5 $3,771 $45,255
6 $4,324 $51,885
7 $4,876 $58,515
8 $5,429 $65,145

Where to Apply

To apply for assistance, you'll need to complete a Home Energy Plus application and provide information on each household member and their income as well as records of your heating costs. Senior citizens and people with disabilities can apply beginning Oct. 1. Households with children younger than 6 and disconnected households can apply beginning Nov. 2. All other eligible households can apply beginning Dec. 1.

For more information and application details, please call your local office:

  • Winnebago County (South Beloit, Rockton, and Roscoe residents only): 815-389-0914 or 815-624-7788, Rockton Township, 1315 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton.

  • Boone County: 815-544-3144, United Way of Boone County, 220 W. Locust St., Belvidere.

  • Stephenson County: 815-232-3141 or 800-883-1111, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency, 27 S. State Ave., Freeport.

  • McHenry County: 815-338-7752, McHenry County Housing Authority, 1108 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock.

Weatherization Services

When you apply for energy assistance, the local agency also will see if you qualify for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps fund energy efficiency home improvement projects. If you are eligible for weatherization services, an energy auditor will look at your home to see what can be done to make it more energy efficient. Weatherization services differ with each home, depending on how it was built and its condition.

For general information, call toll-free 877-411-9276 or click here.