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LIHEAP season extended by two weeks

Households can now apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through May 20, instead of May 6

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program season has been extended by two weeks, from May 6 to May 20. Additional households can apply for LIHEAP Cash and LIHEAP Crisis benefits. They’re also invited to apply for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program.

“Pennsylvanians may still need help with their heating and water bills, and those who do should know that programs like LIHEAP and LIHWAP are still available. Households who could benefit from this program should apply today,” said Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead. “LIHEAP and LIHWAP help some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens – children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities and low-income families – make ends meet and keep their homes safer.”

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program administered by DHS that provides assistance for home heating bills so low-income Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe in their homes. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners.

The minimum cash grant for LIHEAP is $500, and the maximum cash grant is $1,500. Those who need the LIHEAP Crisis grant – the benefit for people who meet the poverty limits and are in jeopardy of having their heating utility service terminated or have less than two weeks’ worth of fuel – can receive a maximum grant of $1,200. LIHEAP is distributed directly to a household’s utility company or home heating fuel provider in the form of a grant, so the individual or households do not have to repay assistance.

The income limit for the program is 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit. For a household of four, this would be $39,750 gross income per year. Pennsylvanians do not need to know their own eligibility in order to apply for these programs. Those who applied and were denied previously, but have experienced a change in circumstances, can reapply.

Pennsylvanians can apply for LIHEAP at compass.state.pa.us. Click here for more information.

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