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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

As of Friday, May 12, 2023, the 2022-2023 LIHEAP Program is now closed and is no longer accepting applications for this season!

The 2023/2024 LIHEAP Season will open on:
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 to April 5, 2024 (subject to change)

LIHEAP Program Dates:

Opens:             Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Closes:            Friday, May 12, 2023

About the Program.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides financial heating assistance to qualified households in the form of a CASH or CRISIS grant.  The assistance is available to help customers that are at/below 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines and demonstrate a heating burden. 

The CASH grant is a one-time direct payment sent to your utility or fuel provider like PECO to be credited to your bill.  The CRISIS grant is a direct payment for households experiencing a heating emergency.  Emergency situations include: main heating source has been shut-off or within 15 days of being shut-off for non-payment, fuel payments, repairing leaking pipes and broken furnaces.  All requests for a crisis grant must be made by the customer to the local county assistance office.

Homeowners, renters, roomers, and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible.  Last year LIHEAP helped approximately 58,000 PECO customers totaling more than $45 million in assistance.

How to Apply

There are several ways to apply for LIHEAP:

  • Online:  Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information.
  • On paper: You can download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to your local county assistance office

    • 2022-2023 LIHEAP Application — English   
    • 2022-2023 LIHEAP Application — Spanish    

  • In person:  Your local county assistance office can help answer any questions and assist in completing an application.
  • Call:  1-800-34-HELP4 (1-800-344-3574) - PECO can mail you a LIHEAP application. 

After your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive.  Please allow 30 days for a response.  Sending multiple applications can cause a delay in you receiving your grant. 

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.


Minimum grant: $300
Maximum grant: $1,000

Minimum grant: $25
Maximum grant: $2,000

To find out how much you may be eligible for, click here Pennsylvania Department of Human Services- LIHEAP Benefit Table (

Eligibility (2022-2023)

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.

Here are the LIHEAP income requirements for 2022-2023

Household Size Annual
For each additional person, add: $7,080

For More Information

Contact your county assistance office (see below for a list) or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday.  Individuals with hearing impairments may call 711.  Visit the Department of Human Services Assistance ( website to learn more about this and other available programs.

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