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)
ComEd Hardship

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  July 27, 2020

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families. Either a family receives a one-time, lump-sum payment toward energy bills, or is enrolled in a monthly Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP), as funding allows.

LIHEAP 30 Day Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30 Day Income Limit $2,127 $2,873 $3,620 $4,367 $5,113 $5,860
Household Size 30 Day Income Limit
1 $2,127
2 $2,873
3 $3,620
4 $4,367
5 $5,113
6 $5,860
PIPP 30 Day Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30 Day Income Limit $1,595 $2,155 $2,715 $3,275 $3,835 $4,395
Household Size 30 Day Income Limit
1 $1,595
2 $2,155
3 $2,715
4 $3,275
5 $3,835
6 $4,395

How to Obtain Assistance

At this time, all appointments will be conducted over the phone.

Book your appointment online with Appointments Plus directly or by calling 815/338-7752 X237.

Book Appointment

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

The program ends May 31, 2021, or when program funding is exhausted.

Program Coordinator
Pepper LaFontaine

815-338-7752 X132

ComEd Hardship

The Residential Special Hardship Fund can assist with up to $500 on a past-due bill for households with specific hardship situations. Assistance can only be obtained one time every two years.

Contact Raquel Lemus to discuss eligibility and to arrange an appointment.

ComEd Hardship 30 Day Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
30 Day Income Limit $2,602 $3,523 $4,444 $5,365 $6,285 $7,206
Household Size 30 Day Income Limit
1 $2,602
2 $3,523
3 $4,444
4 $5,365
5 $6,285
6 $7,206

Program Contact
Raquel Lemus


“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 that are homeowners  (currently unavailable to renters). 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.

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 1108 N Seminary, Woodstock location, or by emailing to  Please direct application questions to Jay Keeling.

Weatherization Annual Income Limit
Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6
Annual Income Limit $24,280 $32,920 $41,560 $50,200 $58,840 $67,480
Household Size Annual Income Limit
1 $24,280
2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480

Program Director
Jay Keeling


“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.”