Date Issued: May 12, 2020
The DuPage County Community Services Department has extended the application deadline for the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help is available for residents whose last 30 days of income have been impacted by the pandemic or anyone struggling to pay utility bills. Households that applied as of or after Oct. 1, 2019, have not received Reconnection Assistance, and have a high outstanding balance, may apply to receive further assistance.
Reconnection Assistance is available for households who are disconnected from their energy source or are under imminent threat of disconnection. Benefits are paid directly to the utilities on behalf of eligible households.
Assistance is available for a household with a 30-day combined gross income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. A single-person household can qualify for the program with a monthly gross income of up to $1,561; a two-person household could earn up to $2,114; and a family of four can earn up to $3,219.
In-person appointments are not being held at this time, but applications are being taken via phone and email. Customers must be able to provide the required documentation when applying for assistance:
For more application information including how to apply or schedule a phone appointment, DuPage County residents may call 630-407-6500, 800-942-9412, or visit www.dupageco.org. Applications are taken based on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.
For a complete listing of LIHEAP’s local administering agencies and additional information about the program, go to www.liheapillinois.com or call the toll-free hotline at 877-411-WARM.
Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/Public Information Officer