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​Heating Assistance/
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The 2021-2022 LIHEAP season is now closed.  

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 $500 to $1,500 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 two 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

    • 2021-2022 LIHEAP Application — English
    • 2021-2022 LIHEAP Application — Spanish

 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   

Income Requirements

Here are the LIHEAP income requirements for 2021-2022

​Household Size
​Income Limit
​For every additional person, add $6,810

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)

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 County, 
  • Wyoming: Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming County, 

LIHEAP Public Hearing Schedule

All interested individuals are invited to testify about the proposed LIHEAP State Plan for 2022-2023. Three teleconferencing meetings are available for public participation:

  1. Tuesday, June 28, 2022; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Call in: 1-267-332-8737 — Pin: 201733051#
    • Join the meeting online

  2. Thursday, July 7, 2022; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Call in: 1-267-332-8737 — Pin: 263818053#
    • Join the meeting online

  3. Tuesday, July 12, 2022; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Call in: 1-267-332-8737 — Pin: 880597729#
    • Join the meeting online

Persons who wish to testify on the proposed State Plan at a public hearing should arrange a time by telephoning (717) 772-7906. Persons from outside the Harrisburg area should call (800) 692-7462 or send a written request, including telephone number, to Division of Federal Programs and Program Management, Department of Human Services, CoPA HUB, Suite 240/250, PO BOX 2675, Harrisburg PA 17105-2675. 

Individuals also may submit written comments at any of the public hearings, by e-mail to, or by mail to the address above by July 16, 2022.

Persons with a hearing or speech impairment may submit comments through the Pennsylvania Telecommunications Relay Service by calling 711.

LIHEAP State Plan

 The LIHEAP final State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 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) 2022 in compliance with Federal LIHEAP requirements. This year, hearings were held via teleconference on June 24, June 29, and July 1. 

  • A total of 8 persons attended the hearings. 
  • A total of eight individuals or organizations provided oral testimony at the hearings and 
  • 15 additional individual or organization 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.