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 do not need to have an unpaid bill to receive energy assistance. People can receive this money without being on public assistance. You can either rent or own your home.

No lien is placed on the person's property if they receive this help.

LIHEAP offers both cash and crisis grants.

Cash Grants

Cash grants help families pay their heating bills.  The one-time payment is sent directly to the utility/fuel provider, and will be credited on the person's bill. (In some cases, a check may be mailed directly to the recipient.)  Cash grants range from $200 - $1,000 and are based on household size, income, and fuel type.

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.  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 $500 is reached.

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 at (717) 771-1100 or 1-800-991-0929.

How to Apply

The 2017-2018 LIHEAP season will accept applications beginning November 1, 2017. The English and Spanish LIHEAP applications will be available on line at http://www.compass.state.pa.us when the program opens on November 1, 2017, 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 recent heating bill

LIHEAP applications printed from the Internet and submitted to the County Assistance Offices will be processed beginning on November 1, 2017.

2017-2018 LIHEAP Program Dates


Opening Date

Closing Date

Cash November 1, 2017

 April 6, 2018

Crisis November 1, 2017  April 6, 2018

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 2017-2018 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)

1 $18,090
2 $24,360
3 $30,630
4 $36,900
5 $43,170
6 $49,440
7 $55,710
8 $61,980

Each Additional Person Add $6,270
* 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