Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications through April 12, 2019 to help pay heating bills or a heating emergency according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
Cash grants are one-time payments sent directly to the utility company or fuel provider. Eligible individuals may also apply for crisis grants when a home is without fuel, in imminent danger of being without fuel, or to restore home-heating services.
Applications for LIHEAP are being accepted through COMPASS, Pennsylvania’s portal to apply for assistance with health care, food and nutrition, home- and community-based service referrals. For additional information consult the brochure, “LIHEAP May Be Able to Help You” or call 866-857-7095 to get started. Applicants may prefer to visit or mail the completed form to the nearest county assistance office.
LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Crisis grants also are for households in immediate danger of being without heat. With cash grants, a one-time payment is sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and will be credited on your bill. Cash grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.
- You must meet income guidelines (see below)
- You don’t have to be on public assistance
- You don’t need to have an unpaid heating bill
- You can rent or own your home
To apply, you will need: names of people in your household, dates of birth for all household members, Social Security numbers for all household members, proof of income for all household members, and a recent heating bill. There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP: online, on paper, or in person. Visit your local county assistance office to fill out an application in person.
After your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response.
Households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program. Emergency situations include:
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off
- Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply)
- Danger of having utility service terminated (you’ve received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)
Here are the LIHEAP income requirements for 2018-19:
|Household size||Income limit|
|For every additional person:||Add $6,480|