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Community Action Partnership of Lake County serves Lake County, Illinois, with various programs to help local families find self-sufficiency. Learn more about how our programs help children and families in need.

Home Heating Bill Payment Assistance

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) programs opened October 1, 2019. PIPP applications CLOSED December 31, 2019. LIHEAP will end June 30, 2020 or when funds are exhausted.

The priority period for households with a Senior (age 60 or older) or households with someone receiving disability will reopen October 1, 2020.

Beginning November 2, 2020 families with children age 5 or under (includes all children who are not yet 6 years old, that is, up to 5 years and 364 days) and households whose service is in Imminent Disconnect or has been disconnected may apply.

December 1, 2020 all income eligible households, including those under imminent threat of disconnection may apply.

ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES can be applied for exclusively via telephone until further notice.

Please call our main telephone number (847) 249-4330 to apply for assistance then follow the prompts:

To qualify, households must have income equal to or less than 150% of the federal poverty level. For example: A single-person household can qualify with a gross monthly income of up to $1,467; two-person household; $1,983, three-person household $2,498; and four-person household $3,013.

Documentation required: photo ID, proof of income for the 30-days prior to the appointment, Social Security cards for all household members, and current gas and electricity bills.

Furnace Assistance

If your household is LIHEAP eligible and your heating system is inoperable or determined to be unsafe by the fuel vendor, Furnace Assistance may be available. Call 847-249-4330 for an appointment.

Home Weatherization Assistance

The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) makes homes of low-income families more energy efficient by reducing the amount of energy it takes to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer. An extensive array of conservation actions and improvements are funded through the program.

The first step of the process is an energy audit that will be performed. The results of the audit will be used to determine the types of improvements that will be made to the home. Updates to the residence include attic and wall insulation, air sealing, window and door weatherization, and furnace repair and replacement. The work will be completed by local contractors or work crews that are specifically trained to install weatherization measures, and an inspection will be done upon completion.

Due to social distancing mandates, applications for Emergency Furnace, and Home Weatherization Assistance are not available until further notice.

Head Start

Head Start is a program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, disability, and parent involvement services to low-income children ages three to five and their families. The federally funded program creates an atmosphere where children from low-income families can go and experience a new environment. Learn more about the specifics of how this program offers early childhood education, health and nutrition services, and parent, family, and community engagement.


HEAD START Application

Apartment Building and Happy Kids

Adventure Kids Full-Day & Before and After School Program

Enroll your preschooler in a full-day program. Or, extend your child's Head Start or School District day. Before and After school childcare and enrichment activities are available for children ages 5-6 years weekdays from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm. Adventure Kids is located at 1906 Sherman Ave. in North Chicago and follows the Lake County, IL public school calendar for vacation days.

2020 school year Adventure Kids enrollment is open now: Call 847/249-4330 for details.

Financial Assistance

Lake County individuals and families may be eligible for one-time financial assistance if they are income eligible and can verify 90-day income and Lake County residency. Case management may be required. Call 847/249-4330 for an appointment. Funded by CSBG.

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Post-secondary scholarships are available annually until funds are exhausted. Students are awarded scholarship for costs associated with attending accredited Illinois institutions of higher education or vocational training schools. Eligibility requirements. Funded by CSBG.

Curbside Food Pantry

Upon completing the application for Financial Assistance, approved applicants may select a scheduled time Monday-Friday for pick-up at 213 Water St. Waukegan, IL. Funding provided by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES can be applied for exclusively via telephone until further notice.

Client Service Representatives will assist callers with completing program applications over the telephone. Applicants will be instructed where and options for returning all required documents. Documents can be submitted via email, text, or drop-box located at each CAP office location.

Affordable Housing

Through this program, we offer safe and affordable housing for rent and first-time homeownership. CAPOLC also operates affordable housing to help veterans. CAPOLC owns 37 affordable rental housing units, a 14-unit apartment complex in Antioch, and four lease-to-own single-family houses in Lake County, Illinois.

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