Pennsylvania LIHEAP

Updated June 14, 2019

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

  1. Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
  2. Lack of fuel
  3. Termination of utility service
  4. Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or
  5. 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.

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