Heating Assistance / LIHEAP
The 2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season
is now open! Apply for benefits online using COMPASS.
About the Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (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. 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. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid.
How to apply
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.
- You must meet income guidelines
- You don't have to be on public assistance
- You don't need to have an unpaid heating bills
- You can rent or own your home
Here are the LIHEAP income requirements for 2019-2020
|For every additional person, add $6,630|
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)
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 County,
- Wyoming: Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming County,
LIHEAP State Plan
The LIHEAP final State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 was submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is available for viewing.
In addition to soliciting advice from the LIHEAP Advisory Committee (LAC), DHS held public hearings on the LIHEAP proposed Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 in compliance with federal LIHEAP requirements. This year, hearings were held in Philadelphia (June 27), Harrisburg (July 2), and Pittsburgh (June 25).
- A total of 18 persons attended the hearings — eight in Philadelphia, seven in Harrisburg, and three in Pittsburgh.
- A total of seven individuals or organizations provided oral testimony at the hearings and
- Five individuals or organizations presented written mail-in testimony.
LAC recommendations and all other comments and testimony were taken into consideration in developing program parameters for the final State Plan.