Tuesday, November 24, 2009

State's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened for the 2009-10 heating season on Nov. 2 and will run through March 15, 2010. LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel, and crisis grants to address heating emergencies. For the upcoming heating season, the crisis portion of the program will open on Jan. 4, 2010, and not simultaneously with the cash grant program.

Cash grants are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel, and region. Crisis grants are provided to resolve heating emergencies, such as furnace failures or unexpected fuel shortages. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel that they use.

Applications are available at county assistance offices, local utility companies, and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies. More information and applications are available online. You can also contact the Allegheny County LIHEAP at 412-562-0330.

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