Snow days, sledding fun, and a winter wonderland may be something to look forward to for some, but not if you’re challenged to heat your home. Although this area doesn’t usually experience extreme winter lows, If the temperature dips low enough that it’s necessary to continuously heat your home, that can be expensive. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help, so you don’t have to choose between feeding your family or keep them warm.
How LIHEAP Works
Families living on low incomes can apply for a LIHEAP grant to help pay their heating bills. The grants range from $200 to $1,000, based on household size, income, and fuel type. This is a one-time cash grant sent directly to the utility company or fuel provider and becomes a credit on your bill. As a grant, the money does not have to be repaid.
If your household is in immediate danger of being without heat, you may also qualify for a crisis grant, including additional benefits. Emergency situations include:
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- The main heating source or second heating source (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
- The danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply)
- The danger of having utility service terminated (you’ve received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)
- You must meet income guidelines
- You don’t have to be on public assistance
- You don’t need to have unpaid heating bills
- You can rent or own your home
LIHEAP Pennsylvania Income Requirements for 2020-2021
For every additional person, add $6,720
LIHEAP New Jersey Income Requirements for 2020-2021
How Can I Apply for LIHEAP?
CWF is currently helping Philadelphia Residents.
The easiest way to apply for LIHEAP is to schedule your phone screening here.
After you answer a few simple questions, you can speak with a Campaign for Working Families Resource Manager, who can help you through the application process.
Pennsylvania Residents Outside of Philadelphia:
There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP:
Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs, and manage benefit information.
You can print a paper application, complete and return it to your local county assistance office.
Visit your local county assistance office to fill out an application.
Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response.
Keeping your home warm is not just about being uncomfortable, either. A cold house isn’t healthy. Although contrary to popular belief, a cold house won’t technically make you catch a cold or get the flu, but it does help viruses spread more quickly. The cold can bring on several including hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and chilblains