UPDATE: The 2020-2021 IHEAP program year ended May 31, 2021. With questions, please contact Madison County Community Development at 618-296-6485.

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 or you may apply through an Emergency IHEAP Assistance satellite location.

For additional information, visit the Madison County website for IHEAP.  

To check the status of your IHEAP application click here or call 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, 2020 – Households containing elderly, disabled, or both.
  • October 1st, 2020 – Emergency Furnace Assistance begins.
  • November 1st, 2020 – Households containing elderly, disabled, and/or children under the age of 6 years old. Including anyone with a disconnect notice.
  • December 1st, 2020 – 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.

Edwardsville Township is an Emergency IHEAP Assistance satellite location.

If you are NOT a resident of the previous areas, you may find your contact center below:

Contact Your Center to Schedule an Appointment 

Edwardsville Township  Edwardsville Township and ECUSD 7  618-656-0292 
Chouteau Township  Chouteau Township residents 618-931-0360 
Granite City Housing Authority  Granite City and all areas  618-876-0975 #4 
Collinsville Township  Collinsville  618-344-1290 
Senior Services Plus  Alton (60 and older)  618-465-3298 ext. 115 
Urban League of Alton  Alton  618-463-1906 
Urban League of Madison  Madison  618-877-8860 
Highland Area Christian Services Ministry  Highland, Alhambra, Grantfork, New Douglas, Marine and St. Jacob  618-654-9295 


Income Eligibility:

(Gross (Pre-Tax) Wages used; income must be under these amounts to qualify) 

*For households with more than 7 people, please call your Center for more details. 

Family Size 

30-Day Income  Annual Income 


$2,127  $25,520 
2  $2,873  $34,480 
3  $3,620  $43,440 
4  $4,367  $52,400 
5  $5,113  $61,360 
6  $5,860  $70,320 
7  $6,607  $79,280 

*Please note that due to the Federal Poverty Guidelines of 2021, the IHEAP income guidelines have changed from previous years.

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.