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LIHEAP for 2021-2022 is now open

Authored By: Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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What is LIHEAP?

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant. You do not have to repay it.

To receive help:

  • Apply between Oct. 18, 2021 and May 6, 2022. 
  • You don’t have to be on public assistance 
  • You don’t need to have an unpaid heating bill 
  • You can either rent or own your home

Applying for LIHEAP

How does LIHEAP work? +

LIHEAP offers both cash and crisis grants. Families may apply for

Cash Grants

Cash grants help families pay their heating bills. The one-time payment is sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider, and it will be credited on your bill. (In some cases, the check may be mailed to you directly.) Cash grants range from $500-$1500 and are based on household size, income, and fuel type.

Crisis Grants

Crisis grants may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. You can receive more than one Crisis grant, as necessary, during the season until the maximum benefit of $1200 is reached

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 
  • having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)

If you have a heating emergency please call your local county assistance office (CAO).

How do I apply? +

  1. Apply online using COMPASS

  2. Paper application. You must fill out the application and return it to your local County Assistance office 

You will need:

  • Names of people in your household 

  • Dates of birth for all household members 

  • Social Security Numbers for all household members 

  • Proof of income for all household members 

  • A recent heating bill 

After your application is reviewed, you will receive written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response.

 

Have Questions?

State wide Toll Free Hotline 

1-866-857-7095

Philadelphia County: 215-560-1583

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to communicate with the helpline may call PA Relay Services by dialing 711

Who is eligible? +

Here are the 2021-2022 LIHEAP Income Requirements 

Last Review and Update: Oct 18, 2021