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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

As of Friday, June 17, 2022, the 2021-2022 LIHEAP Program is CLOSED and is no longer accepting applications for this season.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP is a federal program that provides financial heating assistance to qualified households in the form of grants.  The assistance is available to help customers that are at/below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines and demonstrate a heating burden.
The LIHEAP program provides cash and crisis assistance by a direct payment to your account with a vendor, such as a utility company like PECO. LIHEAP allocates a portion of the grant assistance for emergencies that include 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 approximately 73,000 PECO customers totaling more than $22 million in assistance.


LIHEAP Program Dates

Opens:             Monday, October 18, 2021
Closes:             Friday, June 17, 2022


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.

To find the County Assistance Office in your area: Click here: CAO Contact (pa.gov)

Benefits

LIHEAP Cash
Minimum grant: $500
Maximum grant: $1,500

LIHEAP Crisis
Minimum grant: $25
Maximum grant: $1,200

LIHEAP benefits are calculated on income, household size, the fuel source and the heating region where you live within PA.

To find out how much you may be eligible for here click here Pennsylvania Department of Human Services- LIHEAP Benefit Table (state.pa.us)

Apply for Assistance

There are several ways to apply for LIHEAP:

Paper Application: You can download a paper application, complete it, print it, and return it to your local County Assistance Office.

PECO's LIHEAP application- English

 

PECO's LIHEAP application- Español 

 

PECO will mail you a LIHEAP application if you would like.  Please call 1-800-34-HELP-4 (1-800-344-3574)

 

Customers can also visit the county assistance office to complete an application. 

 

Online: Apply for benefits online using COMPASS:

Click here; COMPASS HHS Home (state.pa.us)  - https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome

 

It may take the Department of Human Services up to 30 days to review your application.  After the review of the application is completed, you will receive written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Sending multiple applications can cause a delay in you receiving your grant. 

 
To find the County Assistance Office in your area:
Click here: CAO Contact (pa.gov)
The Department of Human Services has a helpline to answer questions and can be reached at 1-866-857-7095

Assistance Eligibility (2021-2022)

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
$19,320$1,610
2$26,130$2,177
3
$32,940$2,745
4$39,750$3,312
5$46,560$3,880
6$53,370$4,447
7$60,180$5,015
8$66,990$5,582
For each additional person, add:
$6,810$567

LIHEAP Brochure

English 

Spanish


Get More Information

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website to learn more about this and other available programs:

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