Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Illinois. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCEO). Energy Assistance is provided by local community action agencies or not-for-profit agencies throughout the state. You may contact the agency provider in your area to apply for assistance.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Illinois and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size*

Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,090 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Contact your local Community Action Agency to make an appointment to apply for LIHEAP.

Program Contact Information

For more information on Illinois LIHEAP, please visit the Utility Bill Assistance page.

Public inquires can also be toll-free:


Residents in central Illinois can call:


ComED Champ for Veterans Information‏

CHAMP – Proud of Our Military, Proud to Help

You’ve Earned our Support
Since January 2002, ComEd has assisted activated and deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, Reserves and honorably discharged veterans with paying their electric bills. CHAMP is a financial-assistance program that offers an optional package of benefits to qualified military personnel who reside within ComEd’s service territory and have fallen behind on their electric bill.

Available Benefits
Bill payment assistance up to $1,000 (once every two years; while funds are available)
Deferred payment plans
Extended due dates (preferred due dates)
Cancellation of late charges
Deposit reduction and/or refund
Budget payment plan
ComEd is committed to engaging and supporting our communities by providing assistance to military personnel that are experiencing a hardship, and have fallen behind on their electric bill.

Deployed members of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves
Veterans who were honorably discharged
Reside within ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory and demonstrate a hardship

Apply Now
Applicants are screened to determine their need and eligibility. Download one of the applications below to apply. Contact ComEd CARE at 888-806-CARE (888-806-2273) for more information.

Activated Personnel Honorably Discharged Personnel
1) Attach form letter regarding Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act of 1940, 50 U.S.C. App., Sections 501-590 or your appropriate military branches form letter pertaining to activation.

2) Attach copy of Activation Orders or similar documents pertaining to the order to Active Duty.
1) Attach copy of your discharge letter (must be honorably discharged with a minimum of two years of service).

Send original application form and the above-mentioned documents to:
ComEd Helps Activated/Disabled Military Personnel (CHAMP)
Attention: Revenue Management – Energy Assistance
2100 Swift Drive
Oakbrook IL 60523-1559

100 Swift Drive
Oakbrook IL 60523-1559

Next CVO Meeting April 18, 2015

The next meeting of the Coalition of Veterans Organizations will be held on this Saturday, April 18th, at Jesse Brown VA (820 S Damen in Chicago) in the second floor Conference Room from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

Key agenda points will be the election to the Executive Committee, the May 2nd Fundraiser and the Memorial Day Parade.

As usual, coffee and donuts will be served!!

See you there.

Bruce Parry
CVO Chair

VAC of Cook County Luncheon March 21, 2015

CVO at the Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County Luncheon, on March 21, 2015,  with organizational members, Veterans for Unification and Montford Point Marine Association, Chicago Chapter 2.