Heating Assistance Program Opens November 4

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program will begin accepting applications on November 4, according to Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks).

LIHEAP provides grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income families pay heating bills during the winter months. LIHEAP also offers crisis grants of up to $500 for families that experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination.

The program is targeted to individuals and families earning less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $17,235 for a single individual or $35,325 for a family of four. Grant amounts are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

“I urge area residents in my area who are eligible to sign up now,” Tomlinson said.  “This program can provide a great service to those who may need help with heating costs.”

Additional information regarding LIHEAP and other home heating assistance programs is available by contacting county assistance offices, local utility companies and community service agencies.

Local residents can also apply for LIHEAP grants online at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website, www.compass.state.pa.us. More information on the program is also available by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.


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