Heating Assistance Grants Now Available
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, is now open for applications. 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.
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)
For more information, including income eligibility requirements and ways to apply, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Heating Assistance / LIHEAP page: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/
Remember to apply to NPLS if you have a legal problem related to utility payment or termination.