LIHEAP: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP is a Federal program that provides assistance to individuals who are having trouble paying their electric, natural gas or other energy 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 PECO customers by providing more than 60,000 grants totaling more than $14 million.

LIHEAP Program Dates    


CASH                             November 4, 2013 - April 4, 2014

Crisis Exception          November 4, 2013 - January 1, 2014

Crisis                            January 2 - April 4, 2014

Assistance Eligibility

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.

  • $17,235 One person household
  • $23,265 Two person household
  • $29,295  Three person household
  • $35,325  Four person household
  • For each additional person add: $6,030

Apply for Assistance


Click here for a LIHEAP application (English)

Click here for a LIHEAP appliacation (Spanish) 


The PECO LIHEAP Hotline is available to answer any questions that you may have.

LIHEAP Hotline
1-800-34-HELP-4 (1-800-344-3574).


Get More Information


If you have questions about an application that you completed and submitted for the 2012-2013 program year, please contact your local county assistance office or call 1-866-857-7095.


Download our LIHEAP Fact Sheet.

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



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