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Posted November 19th, 2013 in Illinois Appliances and tagged by admin

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) are programs designed to help low income residents manage their home energy costs.  LIHEAP provides supplemental income to eligible low income families to assist them in meeting their utility bills, especially during the winter months.  IHWAP provides home weatherization assistance that will translate into lower energy consumption, making low income families’ energy bills more affordable.

You can apply for these programs through your Local Community Action Agency (CAA) which receives funding from DCEO’s Office of Energy Assistance (OEA). OEA also provides administrative oversight to both programs.

Program Eligibility

 LIHEAP
You may be eligible to receive LIHEAP assistance if your household’s combined income for the 30 days prior to the application is less than or equal to 150% of the federal poverty level as determined by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  To access the most current income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP, please Click here.
• Weatherization
You may also be eligible to receive IHWAP assistance if your combined income for the 30 days prior to the application is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level as determined by HHS.  To access the most current income eligibility guidelines for IHWAP, please click here.

• American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
Additional federal funding is now available to assist eligible low income clients to reduce their overall energy consumption as a result of home weatherization.  Depending upon the work to be completed, an individual home can receive up to $7,500 in home weatherization assistance.

The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is designed to help reduce the energy costs for low income households by making their homes more energy efficient.  Energy conservation actions that can be funded through IHWAP include:
• Air sealing
• Attic and wall insulation
• Furnace repair and replacement
• Electric base load reduction (lighting and refrigerator, and
• Window and door weatherization
A maximum of $7,500 can be spent on each eligible client’s home for energy-related weatherization and repair work.
Am I Eligible?

If your household’s gross annual income is at or below 150% of the federal poverty level, you may be eligible to receive IHWAP assistance.

Family Size Annual Income
1 $17,235
2 23,265
3 29,295
4 35,325
5 41,355
6 47,385
For Each Additional Member Add   6,030

How Do I Apply?
Contact your local Community Action Agency to make an appointment to apply for LIHEAP.  Locate the Community Action Agency nearest you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Weatherization Success Stories

Weatherization State Plan

For additional assistance, please feel free to call the Energy Assistance Hotline at (877) 411-9276.

Your Rights
Both LIHEAP and IHWAP eligibility is based upon a client’s income.  If you apply for assistance and disagree with the local Community Action Agency’s determination of your income, please click here.

OEA Governance Information and Supplemental Programs
To view information on other OEA programs, current LIHEAP and IHWAP State Plans, and administrative governance, please click here.

For additional assistance, please feel free to call the Energy Assistance Hotline at (877) 411-9276

Contact

Mr. Larry Dawson
Deputy Director
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) 793-2798
E-MAIL: larry.dawson@illinois.gov
WEB SITE: www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/
WEATHERIZATION WEB SITE: www.ildceo.net/dceo/Bureaus/Energy+Assistance/Illinois+Weatherization/
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-877-411-WARM (9276)