032123CM0105BURBANK – State Senator Mike Porfirio is encouraging all eligible people to apply to 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.

“This program helps minimize the financial hardships that energy bills often place on families, especially during the winter months when rates increase” said Porfirio (D-Lyons Township). “I strongly encourage all residents to take advantage of this program and ensure they have access to affordable energy.”

Energy bill assistance 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.

“By reducing the monetary burden of energy costs, families can allocate their resources to other essential needs,” said Porfirio. “It is important that all families in our communities have equitable access to essential services. This program is a step in the right direction for reducing the disparities in energy access and quality of life for residents.”

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.