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LIHEAP: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

​​The 2017 LIHEAP Program is OPEN and accepting applications

LIHEAP is a federal program that provides assistance to individuals who are having trouble paying their electric, natural gas or other heating bills. The LIHEAP program provides cash and crisis assistance by a direct payment to a vendor, such as a utility like PECO. LIHEAP also has money allocated for emergencies including reinstating service that has been shut-off for non-payment, fuel payments, and repairing leaking pipes and broken furnaces.

Homeowners, renters, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Last year LIHEAP helped over 40,000 PECO customers totaling more than $17 million in assistance.

LIHEAP Program Dates

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017

Apply now before the assistance runs out!

Benefits

LIHEAP Cash

Minimum grant: $200
Maximum grant: $1,000

LIHEAP Crisis

Minimum grant: $25
Maximum grant: $500

This Year -- LIHEAP Cash recipients that have households with a member who is disabled, or aged 60 or over will receive a supplemental grant of $50 and households with any member aged 5 or younger will receive a $75 supplemental grant at the time they are approved. 

Supplemental payments will be issued cumulatively, based upon the composition of the household. A household can only receive one of each type, and households meeting all three criteria above can receive a maximum supplement of $175. An individual can only be counted for one criterion.

​Find out how much you may be eligible for on the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services LIHEAP Benefit Amount Table​

Apply for Assistance

Contact your local County Assistance Office (CAO) by phone or in person.

​If you have questions about an application that you completed and submitted, please contact your local county assistance office or call 1-866-857-7095.

Assistance Eligibility (2016-2017)

Grants are based on household size, income, and the type of fuel used. To be eligible, the total household income cannot exceed 150 percent of the Federal poverty income guidelines.

Household Size​

Annual

Monthly

1

$17,820

$1,485

2

$24,030

$2,002

3

$30,240

$2,520

4

$36,450

$3,037

5

$42,660

$3,555

​6

$48,870

$4,072

7

$55,095

$4,591

8

$61,335

$5,111

For each additional person, add:

$6,240

$520

​Get More Information

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Web site to learn more about this and other available programs:

 

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