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 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 PECO customers by providing more than 58,000 grants totaling more than $15.5 million.


LIHEAP Program Dates     

LIHEAP Cash              Monday, November 2, 2015 - Friday, April 1, 2016

LIHEAP Crisis             Monday, November 2, 2015 - Friday, April 1, 2016





Minimum grant:         $100

Maximum grant:        $1,000

LIHEAP Crisis         

Minimum grant:          $25

Maximum grant:         $500


New This Year -- LIHEAP Cash recipients that have households with a member who is disabled, age 60 or over, or age 5 and younger, will also receive a Supplemental Cash Grant of $70 separately at the same time as the Cash grant.


Find out how much you may be eligible for here:


Apply for Assistance

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

Call the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095

Apply online at

Click here for a LIHEAP application (English) 

Click here for a LIHEAP application (Spanish)  


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  (2015-2016)

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                  $17655.00                   $1,471.25
                2                  $23,895.00                  $1,991.25 
                3                  $30,135.00                  $2,511.25
                4                  $36,375.00                  $3,031.25
5                  $42,615.00                  $3,551.25 
6                  $48,855.00                  $4,071.25
7                  $55,095.00                  $4,591.25 
8                  $61,335.00                  $5,111.25 

                       For each additional person add:     $6,240.00                   $520.00

Get More Information

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


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