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$208 million announced in federal funds to help Illinoisans heat their homes

Durbin, Duckworth announce federal funding for LIHEAP through HHS

On Nov. 3, 2022, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced $208,170,481 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Illinoisans pay the rising cost of home heating bills this winter.

The announcement includes funding appropriated by Congress to address rising energy costs, as well as funding appropriated for 2023 from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance can visit orcall the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) hotline toll-free at1-866-674-6327. 

For more than 40 years, LIHEAP has provided assistance to help low-income individuals and families maintain healthy indoor temperatures during the coldest months of the year.

In October, Durbin joined his Democratic colleagues in a letter to the Biden Administration urging the quick release of these newly appropriated LIHEAP funds at the highest levels possible.  The text of this letter can be found here.

“As cold weather quickly approaches, we must ensure that Illinoisans are well-equipped for the harsh temperatures. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and keeping the heat on,” said Durbin. “I’m encouraged to see this LIHEAP funding come to our state to keep Illinoisans warm this winter.”

“Illinois families shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they can afford to pay the utility bills during the upcoming cold months,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this federal support to help more working families keep their heat on and necessary utilities paid as we enter the winter season.”


1 Comment

  1. Gail on November 7, 2022 at 7:30 am

    This is great, for a lot of roller. But if you are in a situation like we are, we live on Social security alone and they say we make to much and have to much money in the bank. We have used up almost our entire savings trying to make ends meet. What they don’t take into account when they look to see if you qualify is how much you actually have to live on. We sure don’t live a fancy life but we can’t get extra help with medicines. I take 2 insulins and 3 different pills for diabetes, heart medications(3) , blood pressure meds and several others and one of my husbands has a $300 copay after insurance! So we really don’t get that much but we don’t qualify for any help. The only thing that will save us is that since I take insulin they can’t shut my power off because it has to be refrigerated. But as soon as they can they will shut it off! We keep our house at 60 degrees as it is. How can we possibly turn it down any lower. I think they need to look at the over all bills people have not just their income. It’s gonna be a long cold winter here. I hope come spring I still have fingers and toes!

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