Definitions for "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program"
This federal program assists low-income households in meeting their costs for home energy. The funds may be used for the cost of running energy utilities, low cost weatherization (preparing the home for harsh weather), or other energy-related home repairs.
A federally-funded initiative administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, designed to help low-income families pay for their energy bills and related costs. Funds are distributed statewide in Illinois by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which gives funds to community organizations that in turn provide money to individuals. The money comes in the form of one-time grants to help low-income people with utility payments, as well as emergency services to respond to cutoffs due to nonpayment.
The purpose of LIHEAP is to assist eligible households to meet the cost of heating or cooling in residential dwellings. The Federal government provides the funds to the States that administer the program.