Home heating assistance available
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program application period is still open.
LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep Pennsylvanians with lower incomes warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. The Department of Human Services began accepting crisis and regular LIHEAP applications on Nov. 1 and will continue accepting applications through April 12.
LIHEAP Cash is a one-time payment made directly to utility companies or fuel providers to help offset winter heating costs. The average cash benefit this season is $262. Pennsylvanians may request LIHEAP crisis assistance for home-heating emergencies when their household is without heat or in danger of being without heat. The average crisis benefit is $404. More than 120,000 LIHEAP Cash and Crisis applications have been approved thus far, according to the department.
Eligibility is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. The maximum income is $18,210 for a one-person household, $24,690 for two, $31,170 for three, $37,650 for four, $44,130 for five and $50,610 for six.
Online applications for LIHEAP can be completed at www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are available through county assistance offices.