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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.

Cash Grants

Cash grants help families pay their heating bills.  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.

Crisis Grants

In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.  Cirisis grants 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 2014-2015 LIHEAP season will accept applications beginning November 3, 2014. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application - Spanish Version will be available on line at http://www.compass.state.pa.us when the program opens on November 3, 2014, as well as at the County Assistance Office.

County Assistance Office addresses and telephone numbers

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 3, 2014.

2014-2015 LIHEAP Program Dates

 Opening DateClosing Date
Cash November 3, 2014

April 3, 2015

Crisis November 3, 2014 April 3, 2015

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 2014-2015 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 SizeCash/Crisis Program Income Limit (150% FPIG)
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135

Each Additional Person Add $6,090
* 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.

Your Rights
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

LIHEAP Clearinghouse