Area Agency On Aging
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants. People need not have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on public assistance.
No lien is placed on the person's property if they receive this help.
If a person is eligible for LIHEAP, a cash grant payment will be sent directly to the utility/fuel provider, and the payment will be credited on the person's bill. In some cases, a check may be mailed directly to the recipient.
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through one of the two components of the LIHEAP crisis program.
Crisis Exception Component
Households without heat may qualify for additional help. To be considered "without heat":
- The main heating source or second heating souce (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off;
- A household has almost run out of their supply of main heating fuel (coal, fuel oil, kerosene, propane, wood, etc.).
Regular Crisis Component
Beginning with the opening of the Regular Crisis Program, additional money may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. Emergency 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 of 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.
How to Apply
The 2013-2014 LIHEAP season will accept applications beginning November 4, 2013. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application - Spanish Version are available on line at http://www.compass.state.pa.us, as well as at the County Assistance Office.
To apply you will need the following:
- Names of people in the household
- Dates of birth for people in the household
- Social Security Numbers for all household members
- Proof of income for members of the household
- A copy of a recent heating bill
LIHEAP applications printed from the Internet and submitted to the County Assistance Offices will be processed beginning on November 4, 2013.
2013-2014 LIHEAP Program Dates
|Opening Date||Closing Date|
|Cash||November 4, 2013||April 18, 2014|
|Crisis Exception||November 4, 2013||January 1, 2014|
|Crisis||January 2, 2014||April 18, 2014|
The Cash and Crisis components are tentatively scheduled to close on the dates indicated above or when the funds are depleted, whichever occurs first. Apply as soon as possible.
Who is Eligible
The Income Guidelines for the 2013-2014 program year are listed below for homeowners and renters who are on a low or fixed income, and whose yearly income before taxes is at or less than:
|Household Size||Cash/Crisis Program Income Limit (150% FPIG)|
Each Additional Person Add $6,030
* FPIGs = Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
When You are Eligible
30 days after you apply for energy assistance, you will receive written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you can expect to receive.
If you are not satisfied with the grant amount you receive or the way you are treated, you can request a hearing through the County Assistance Office.
Questions About LIHEAP
If you have questions about LIHEAP you may call your County Assistance Office or the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).
Additional Low Income Energy programs
You may be eligible for other low income energy programs offered by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in addition to the LIHEAP program.
Who is eligible?
Eligibility is based on income and household size
For additional information contact the following:
York County Assistance Office
130 North Duke Street
York, PA 17405
(717) 771-1100 or 1-800-991-0929