Low-income families in the state of Illinois can still apply for financial assistance to help pay for gas or electric bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until June 30, 2021. However, the sooner you apply, the better.
LIHEAP remains available up to 200% of the federal poverty level, and undocumented applicants are welcome. Currently, the LIHEAP system accepts an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in place of a Social Security number (SSN). Even if you don’t have an ITIN, you can still apply.
To apply for LIHEAP, fill out the r pre-qualification application. Once you fill out your application, your local LIHEAP office will contact you.
For more information and to learn about other financial assistance programs, visit the state’s Help for Illinois Families website.
Las familias de bajos ingresos en el estado de Illinois, aún pueden solicitar ayuda económica para pagar las facturas, de gas o electricidad, a través del Programa de Asistencia de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Ingresos (LIHEAP) hasta el 30 de junio de 2021. Sin embargo, cuanto antes lo solicite, mejor.
LIHEAP permanece disponible para hasta el 200% del nivel de pobreza federal y los solicitantes que no cuenten con un número de seguro social también son bienvenidos. Actualmente, el sistema LIHEAP acepta un número de identificación personal del contribuyente (ITIN) en lugar de un número de seguro social (SSN). Sin embargo, si el solicitante tampoco cuenta con un ITIN, también podrá calificar para recibir el apoyo económico.
Para pedir la ayuda de LIHEAP, llene la solicitud de precalificación. Una vez que complete su solicitud, una oficina local de LIHEAP se comunicará con usted.
Para obtener más información y conocer otros programas de apoyo económico, visite el sitio web de ayuda para familias de Illinois del estado.
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The people hit hardest by this pandemic are also among those with the least access to traditional banking services. They can’t afford unfair fees in order to receive what federal assistance is available. Here are several institutions offering everyone free check cashing services for federal relief payments. For assistance locating a participating bank, please contact my office or ILBanks@illinois.gov.
Public transit systems and the many who depend on them to get to work have been hit hard by the pandemic. New federal funding is critical to keeping busses and trains running, and supporting our local economy.
While it is clear that more must be done to provide relief to those hardest hit by COVID-19, a number of important community health measures are now in effect, including new funding for COVID treatment, an end to surprise medical billing, and increased access to telehealth and mental health services.
Help is available for families facing food insecurity as a result of the pandemic and financial crisis. If you or a loved one is in need of assistance, visit dhs.illinois.gov/helpishere or call 1-833-2-FIND-HELP.
No one should have to choose between their family’s health and the children’s education. While there is a lot more to be done, new federal funding will help ensure that our schools have the resources they need to provide a world-class education while protecting our children’s wellbeing.
One of my top priorities throughout the pandemic has been ensuring support for frontline and essential workers. As safe, affordable child care has been a major concern throughout the pandemic, I’m glad to see the federal government has taken action. For information on child care and other resources, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/resources-for-families-and-children