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October 28, 2020

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opens Nov. 2

The Low-Income Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) opens November 2, 2020 and is scheduled to close on April 9, 2021. LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.

It is important that those who are vulnerable to utility shut-off apply for this assistance.  A moratorium in Pennsylvania is ending. Learn more about how to help prevent shut-offs.

The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.

There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP:

    • Online: Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information.
    • On Paper: You can download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to your local county assistance office.
    • In-person: Visit your local county assistance office to fill out an application.

After your application is reviewed, you will receive written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response.

Learn more about eligibility and income requirements at LIHEAP.

Crisis Grants

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

–The danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply)

–The danger of having utility service terminated (you’ve received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)

Learn more about Crisis Grants. 

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