The Illinois Heating Energy Assistance Program (IHEAP) is designed to assist eligible low-income households to pay for winter energy services. IHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of the payment is determined by income, household size, and fuel type. An overdue bill or cut-off notice is not required in order to receive assistance.

Reconnection assistance may be available through Madison County Community Development, 618-296-6485.

IHEAP Start Dates

Please note that due to the state budget, IHEAP dates have changed from previous years. The current dates are as followed:

  • October 1st, 2019- Households containing elderly, disabled, or both.
  • October 1st, 2019- Emergency Furnace Assistance begins.
  • November 1st, 2019- Households containing elderly, disabled, and/or children under the age of 6 years old. Including anyone with a disconnect notice.
  • December 1st, 2019- General Low Income Population.

Application Requirements:

You must be a resident of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Hamel, Holiday Shores, Worden, Marine, Livingston, or Alhambra to apply at Edwardsville Township. Other residents can locate their intake office by calling 618-296-6485.


Your thirty (30) day income must be less than:

  • $1,561 for a one (1) person household
  • $2,114 for a two (2) person household
  • $2,666 for a three (3) person household
  • $3,219 for a four (4) person household
  • $3,771 for a five (5) person household

*Please note that due to the Federal Poverty Guidelines of 2017, the IHEAP income guidelines have changed from previous years.

Continued Income Guidelines

Required Documentation:

  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the thirty (30) day period prior to the application date;
  • A copy of current heat and electric bills (if you pay for your home energy directly);
  • Social Security Cards of all household members;
  • Proof of Medical Eligibility Card if a member of the household receives TANF assistance; and
  • Proof of rent if the household energy bills are included in the rent.


For more information about IHEAP, visit Madison County’s Home page at http://www.co.madison.il.us or call our office at 618-656-0292.