Heating Assistance Grant Applications Available Now

HARRISBURG – Families who are struggling with rising fuel costs can apply now for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

“This program offers some much-needed relief from rising utility costs for many families who are struggling to make ends meet,” Corman said. “LIHEAP was expanded last year to provide help to more Pennsylvanians, so I would encourage district residents to learn more about this valuable program.”

LIHEAP applicants will be required to submit the following information:

• Names of people in household.

• Social Security numbers for all household members.

• Proof of income for all household members.

• Recent heating bill.

LIHEAP also provides crisis grants for families who experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination. The crisis grant program is scheduled to open on January 4, 2010.

Cash grants of up to $300 and crisis grants of up to $800 are available through LIHEAP. The amount of each grant is dependent on income, household size, type of heating fuel and region of the state. A family of four can earn up to $33,075 and still be eligible for the program.

Corman said that many utility companies offer assistance plans in addition to LIHEAP, so consumers should check with their heating fuel and electricity supplier for details.

LIHEAP provides grants to help low-income families pay heating bills. Applications for cash grants are available now by contacting your county assistance office at the following numbers.

Centre: 814-861-1955

Mifflin: 717-242-6095

Juniata: 717-436-2158

Perry: 717-582-5038

Individuals with Internet access may also apply electronically via the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website at www.compass.state.pa.us

Anna Fitzsimmons
Phone: (717) 787-1377