The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Encourages Needy Families to Apply for Help With Utility Bills

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is encouraging families in need to apply for $150 million in relief on utility bills through the Help Illinois Families program. All families who meet the criteria and provide the required documents are eligible to receive assistance with natural gas, propane and electric bills through the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program. Since the program’s year-long launch in September 2021, more than 230,000 households have received utility assistance.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, my administration has provided record funding to help families keep a roof over their heads and keep them from falling behind on their bills,” the governor said. JB Pritzker.

To be eligible for UDAP, households must have received LIHEAP benefits between September 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 and be at risk of imminent disconnection. A UDAP participant may receive a one-time credit, per utility, based on the utility’s account balance. Assistance can range from $250 to a maximum of $5,000.

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