Heating Assistance Program extended to April 13

Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills now have until April 13 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to Senator Randy Vulakovich. The program was scheduled to end April 6.

LIHEAP provides cash grants sent directly to the utility company and crisis grants for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used.

The following chart shows income limits based on household size.

Household Size Maximum Income
1 $18,090
3 $30,630
5 $43,170
7 $55,710
9 $68,250
10 $74,520

Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at www.compass.state.pa.us or in person at their local county assistance office. They may also call the statewide toll-free hotline at (866) 857-7095 with questions about the program. For more information about LIHEAP, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.

Contact: Melissa Girty (412) 487-6600