Heating assistance is now available through LIHEAP


January 16, 2018

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) is accepting applications for this season’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The program helps low income families pay their heating bills. Apply and check the status of an application on the state’s COMPASS website (www.compass.state.pa.us). Residents can also download an application from the DHS LIHEAP website. Completed paper applications should be returned to the Allegheny County Assistance Office, t 5947 Penn Avenue, 4th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA, 15206.

Funding for LIHEAP is provided by the federal government and eligibility is based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. The income limits for this season are as follows:

Household Size Income Limit

1 $18,090

2 $24,360

3 $30,630

4 $36,900

5 $43,170

6 $49,440

7 $55,710

8 $61,980

9 $68,250

After the application is received residents will receive a written notice explaining their eligibility and the amount of assistance they will receive. Payments are generally sent directly to a utility company or fuel provider and will be credited to the applicant’s heating account. Crisis grants may also be available if there is an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing heat. For more information, contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.


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