SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on Thursday reminded residents of utility relief available to low-income families throughout the state.
Through the Help Illinois Families program, DCEO has launched over $295 million in utility assistance programming available for low-income households across the state and is accepting applications now through May 31, 2022, while funds remain.
Since the program first launched in September, over $84 million in payments have been approved for 77,000 households through the Low-income Household Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Currently, more than $200 million remains available to help cover the cost of heating and energy bills, including expanded benefits provided this year from $750 to $1,000 in payments available, on average per household, allowing more assistance to Illinois families for utilities this season than ever before.
Additional funding to offset utility costs for low income families comes at a critical time, as customers are expected to face higher costs to heat their homes this season.
Nearly half of all US households are expected to face higher costs on service this year, according to the Energy Information Association (EIA).