LIHEAP helps low-income Pennsylvania families pay their heating bills and in some cases, restore gas service in the event of a shutoff.
This one-time payment is sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider, and it will be credited on your bill.
Benefits range from $200 to $1000 depending on household size, income, and fuel type. Both renters and homeowners may apply.
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.
Crisis situations include
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- Termination of utility service
- Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or
- of having utility service terminated (shut off within the next 60 days).
You may receive more than one emergency assistance, as necessary, during the season until the maximum benefit of $500 is reached.
Applications for LIHEAP are now closed. Applications for next year will begin November 2019.
If you need help paying your heating bills, or have a heating emergency, please contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.
You can apply for both Crisis Assistance and LIHEAP benefits at the same time. The application deadline for Crisis Assistance is until funds run out.