Heating Assistance / LIHEAP

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is closed and will re-open November 1, 2018. 

 

About the program

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.

 

Eligibility

  • You must meet income guidelines
  • 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
       

Apply

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.

 

Online

Apply for the LIHEAP benefits online using COMPASS, an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information.

 

On paper

When the program officially opens for the season, you will be able to download a paper application right here, 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 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.

   

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
  • 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)

 

Contact us

For more information about LIHEAP, please contact your county assistance office, or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 711.

Assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day. In most counties, you should contact your county assistance office.

However, residents of Luzerne and Wyoming counties are encouraged to directly contact:

  • Luzerne  - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne Co., 1-800-822-0359;
  • Wyoming - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming Co., 570-836-4090.

  

More information

 

Tips and resources for staying warm

Turn down. Seal off. Save up: Home heating costs are a big part of a household budget. With a little planning, you’ll be better protected from the cold.