Energy Assistance

The McHenry County Housing Authority strives to provide housing stability through our programs and referrals with our partner agencies.

Find Assistance with these programs:

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Applicants must have the following documentation with them for the appointment:

• Proof of all income for all household members for the 30 days before the day of their appointment (includes, but is not limited to: paycheck stubs, Social Security income, Unemployment, SSI, TANF, General Assistance from Township)
• Current Utility Bills – gas, electric, fuel oil, propane
• Social Security Cards for all Household Members

Note: Depending on circumstances, other documentation may be required

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The McHenry County Housing Authority (MCHA) administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance beginning  October 1, 2023.   We will provide an update here when appointments can begin to be scheduled using Appointments Plus (see link on the right side of this page).


October 2nd – Seniors, the disabled that receive disability income, and families with children under the age of six years.

November 1st – households that are disconnected from their utilities, have a disconnection notice or have less than 25% in their propane tank can start applying for assistance along with anyone eligible during the October priority period.

December 1st – All other income eligible household can start applying.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families. A family receives a one-time, lump-sum payment toward energy bills, as funding allows.

LIHEAP 30 Day Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30 Day Income Limit $2430 $3287 $4143 $5000 $5857 $6713
Household Size 30 Day Income Limit
1 $2430
2 $3287
3 $4143
4 $5000
5 $5857
6 $6713

How to Obtain Assistance

Schedule your own appointment using Appointments Plus:

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Request an appointment by calling our office at 815/338-7752.

We will call you at your appointment time. Please have all documents in front of you for your appointment.

Program Coordinator
Pepper LaFontaine


ComEd Hardship



ComEd Hardship 30 Day Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30 Day Income Limit 0 0 0 0 0 0
Household Size 30 Day Income Limit
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0


“I say this now to all that would read about this wonderful gift I have received. McHenry County Housing Authority far exceeded the gift of warmth I now enjoy. They called asking if they could help me! What I say to you all, answer the call. These people are great. This program is out there for seniors and those in need. I can’t say enough how wonderful they all were to me.”


The program is a free service to income qualifying residents of McHenry County. The goal of this program is to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

Improvements can also include air sealing of windows and doors, attic and foundation insulation, dense packing walls, repair/replacement of furnace and A/C, and proper ventilation of your home.

LIHEAP clients automatically qualify for this program, but still need to go through the Weatherization application process.

Residents who are over income for LIHEAP can still qualify for Weatherization.

Click Here for a fillable application package.  Return completed application package through the secure upload section on the website, by dropping in our secure mail box located outside of the 1125 Mitchell Court, Crystal Lake, location, or by emailing to  Please direct application questions to Rick Luna.

Weatherization Annual Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
Annual Income Limit $29,160 $39,440 $49,720 $60,000 $70,280 $80,560
Household Size Annual Income Limit
1 $29,160
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280
6 $80,560

Program Director
Rick Luna



“The Weatherization Program made my home more efficient. I already see a reduction in my gas and electric bills. I am so grateful for the program and to MCHA for helping me.”