Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program is now accepting applications, according to Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne.
LIHEAP, which opened on November 4th, provides grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income families pay heating bills during the winter months. LIHEAP also offers crisis grants of up to $500 for families who experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination.
“As we head into the colder months of the year, it is vitally important that our residents who do not have the resources to pay for heat can get access to it,” Senator Browne said. “The LIHEAP program helps those low-income families receive that necessary heat and I urge everyone who qualifies for the program to apply for it.”
The program is targeted to individuals and families earning less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $17,235 for a single individual or $35,325 for a family of four. Grant amounts are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel and the region where the person or family lives.
Local residents can also apply for LIHEAP grants online at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website, www.compass.state.pa.us. More information on the program is also available by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.
They may also pick up an application or call for more information at any of Senator Browne’s offices: Allentown Office (610-821-8468) located at 702 Hamilton Street in Allentown; Western Lehigh County Office (610-366-2327) located in the Upper Macungie Township Building at 8330 Schantz Road in Breinigsville; or, Monroe County Office (570-402-1499) located at Routes 115 and 209 in Saylorsburg.