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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps pay the winter heating bills of low-income and elderly people. This assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel and type of housing.

Benefits are paid directly to utilities on behalf of eligible househoulds. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in rent.

If you are interested in learning if you qualify, please contact the appropriate agency for your county:

Jo Daviess County Carroll and Whiteside counties Henry County
Freeport Office
Rock Falls Office
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Income guidelines

To qualify, a household must have income at or below the levels show on the chart for 30 days prior to the application.


Household Size 30 Day Gross Income
1 $1,436
2 $1,939
3 $2,441
4 $2,944
Add $502.50 for each additional member


What to take

You must take the following documentation with you to your appointment. If you are missing these documents, your appointment will be rescheduled.

  • Social Security cards for all members of the household
  • Proof of all gross income for all household members for the 30 days prior to the application date including pay check stubs, SSA/SSI/SSD current benefit letteers, pension/retirement statements, child support, unemployment reports, TANF/AABD/Township GA assistance notices, self employment reports and proof of zero income
  • Top portion of current heat and electric bills
  • Medical card from Illinois Department of Human Services
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