State of Illinois Announces Help Illinois Families Initiative and more

Help Illinois Families Initiative

Governor Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today to announce a major expansion in funding for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs. The $275 million total funding includes an additional $90 million allocated via the CARES Act, allowing the state to increase eligibility for these programs to 1 million income-qualified Illinoisans. These programs will provide emergency relief for families and displaced households across the state as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, with programs offering assistance with utilities, rent, and other household necessities for income qualifying residents. DCEO joined the Governor in Belleville and West Frankfurt communities to make the announcement. Read more


  • Helps eligible low-income households pay for home energy services, including assistance with heating, gas, and electricity.
  • More information on services available in your region can be found by visiting your Local Administering Agency (LAA) page.
  • Deadline: FY20 LIHEAP services is June 30, 2020, however FY21 LIHEAP enrollment opens up earlier than usual on July 27, 2020.


  • Offers an array of essential services, including rent assistance, food, temporary shelter, medicine and more.
  • Check your local Community Action Agency (CAA) for a list of available services near you.
  • Deadline: Open all year with expanded income eligibility guidelines as of February 2020.
´╗┐Help Illinois Families expands on the existing Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Blog Program (CSBG). If you meet the income requirements and submit your application, you may be eligible for emergency assistance to cover the costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities.

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