The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
How to Apply: There are three different ways you can apply for LIHEAP, online, on paper, or in person.
1. You can apply for the LIHEAP benefits online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for LIHEAP and many other services that can help you make ends meet.
2. Download an application for LIHEAP benefits by clicking on the links below and return it to your local county assistance office,
2017-18 LIHEAP Applications: English- Energy Assistance | Spanish-Energy Assistance Application
(Links will be available when the program opens.)
3. File an application at your local county assistance office.
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.
Emergency situations include:
Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; in most counties, you should contact your local county assistance office. However, residents of the two counties listed below are encouraged to directly contact their local agencies that operate the crisis component in their areas:
General Information about LIHEAP:
LIHEAP Brochure - English
LIHEAP Brochure- Español
LIHEAP Eligibility Information
LIHEAP Benefit Amount Table: shows benefit amount based on user selected county and fuel type.
LIHEAP Policy Handbook
LIHEAP State Plan
Turn down. seal off. save up: Additional tips and resources to stay warm this winter
Home heating costs are a big part of your budget. Combined with increasing food and gas prices, staying warm all through this winter could be very difficult. Pennsylvania is doing everything it can to provide financial help to pay home heating bills and weatherization expenses, but making sure you have the resources to outlast winter starts with you. With a little planning and a little knowledge, you’ll be protected from the cold and your heat can last all winter.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has many resources to help keep individuals and families warm during Pennsylvania winters, visit their site to learn more.
If you live outside of Philadelphia, visit the $1 Energy Fund at www.dollarenergy.org or contact your utility company for information on programs that may help you pay your utility bill.