Applications Accepted Now for Heating Assistance Program

HARRISBURG – Eligible Pennsylvanians can apply now for grants from the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program, according to Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10).

LIHEAP provides grants to help low-income families pay heating bills during the winter months. The program also offers crisis grants for families that experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination.

The program is targeted to individuals and families earning less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Grant amounts are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

Applications for LIHEAP are available at McIlhinney’s District Office at 22 South Main Street, Suite 220 in Doylestown.  Additional information regarding LIHEAP and other home heating assistance programs is available by contacting county assistance offices, local utility companies and community service agencies.

Local residents can also apply for LIHEAP grants online at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website, www.compass.state.pa.us. More information on the program is also available by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.

CONTACT: Heather Cevasco (215) 489-5000