The deadline to apply for home heating assistance under the state’s Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program has been extended to May 1, according to Senator Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks), who urged eligible residents to apply.
LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
Tomlinson said LIHEAP applications were supposed to be in by Friday, April 3, but the severity and duration of this winter’s weather resulted in the deadline extension.
“This winter had been especially cold, resulting in higher heating bills for many seniors and those on a fixed income,” Tomlinson said. “This extension will help those in need to take advantage of an important program.”
The cash grants are determined from several factors, including household income and family size
Tomlinson said residents can apply for LIHEAP online at COMPASS. They can also contact their local county assistance office or contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).