The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal- and state-funded utility assistance program in Champaign County. LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their energy costs and helps to educate them to conserve energy, lower their costs, and work toward financial self-sufficiency. During the most recent program year, LIHEAP provided assistance to 7,232 households, serving over 11,039 individuals, and distributing more than $3,188,912 in utility benefits. The program also helped 1,300+ families reconnect or maintain utilities through crisis assistance and completed over 100 home visits to provide services to homebound elderly and people with disabilities. Over the last two years, LIHEAP staff have assisted an average of 85 households with utility assistance for Ameren customers through the Ameren Cares program.
Over the past year, we have increased efforts to provide case management training to LIHEAP staff and partners. These efforts have resulted in greater program capacity and improved service for low-income households seeking assistance.
How to Apply for LIHEAP
To receive information or make an appointment, please call (217) 384-1226.
LIHEAP eligibility is determined by family size and household income in accordance with federal guidelines. All appointments require proof of income for the past 30 days, social security cards for all household members, recent gas/electric bill (and a disconnect notice if within seven days of disconnection), or rental agreement if utilities are included in rent.