LIHEAPEAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt 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 is an example of our state’s commitment to helping those in need and building a more equitable society,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “With rising energy costs and other economic uncertainties, it’s more important now than ever to offer assistance to those who need it most.”

The energy bill assistance program 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 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.

“LIHEAP serves as a lifeline for low-income families, seniors and individuals with disabilities who have struggled with the increasing price of energy bills,” said Belt. “I’m urging all qualified people to apply to this year’s program so everyone is able to stay safe and comfortable this winter.”

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.