Assistance With Heating Bills Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, the deadline to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as the LIHEAP assistance program, has been extended to April 3, 2009. Be sure to apply now.
The area gas utilities, including Dominion Peoples, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and Equitable Gas are all strongly encouraging Pennsylvania customers to apply for aid as soon as possible. More Pennsylvanians are eligible for the LIHEAP Program this year than in past years because of an expansion in the program's income guidelines to 60 percent of a households median income. Using an example, a family of four can make almost $45,000 and sill be eligible for the heating bill assistance program and a single-person household is eligible if the income is $23,110 or less.
This change will help Pennsylvania families. With the change in income guidelines, an additional 100,000 individuals and households in Pennsylvania are eligible to receive larger grants for their heating bills. In addition, the LIHEAP-CRISIS program can provide grants up to $800 for eligible families that have received a heating service shut off notice or if they are having heating-related problems.
To summarize, LIHEAP is a federally funded heating bill program that provides a one-time cash grant applied directly to the customer's home heating bill to help the customer pay the bill. Although LIHEAP is administered through the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), it is not a public assistance program and families in need of aid should not think of it this way.