Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Is Now Open

Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program is now accepting applications, according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne.

LIHEAP, which opened on November 2, 2015 and runs until April 1, 2016, 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.”

The program is available to individuals and families earning less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $17,655 for a single individual or $36,375 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.

To apply for the program, a people will need the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and proof of income for all members of the household seeking assistance, along with a recent heating bill.

Applications for LIHEAP grants are available 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 or by visiting their local county assistance office. Lehigh County’s Assistance Office is located at 101 South 7th Street in Allentown and the phone number is 610-821-6509.

Individuals may also pick up an application – in English or Spanish – or get more information at Senator Browne’s Main District Office at 702 Hamilton Street in Allentown or by calling any of Senator Browne’s offices: Allentown Office (610-821-8468); Western Lehigh County Office (610-366-2327); or, North Whitehall Township Office (610-769-5566).

Contact:           Matt Moyer      (610) 821-8468