Sunday, January 8, 2012

LIHEAP heating assistance program to see reductions

Pennsylvania’s 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
• 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

According to an article in the Harrisburg Patriot News, the PA Department of Public Welfare, which operates LIHEAP program in Pennsylvania, has raised the income threshold to qualify for assistance and lowered the benefit payout amounts. The changes result from reduced funding from the federal government. The state received an allocation of $207 million for LIHEAP, which is less than last year.

According to the Patriot News article, DPW spokeswoman Anne Bale said that Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP benefits can last through March, which is when the season begins to taper off. “But once the money is gone, she said, it’s gone. Those who qualify for LIHEAP benefits and think they will need them should apply now, Bale said.”

You can apply for LIHEAP online, by completing a mail-in application, or by contacting your local County Assistance Office or the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.  Applicants who received benefits last year should automatically receive a mail-in application. 

For application links and further information, visit the DPW heating assistance LIHEAP webpage:
For the Patriot News article see: LIHEAP assistance for heating bills has less money to give out


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