Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

"LIHEAP is a very underutilized program; only approximately 65% of eligible households apply for and receive this benefit," said Phil Rosenthal, LASP Staff Attorney in the Chester city, Delaware County office. LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills with a cash grant. Crisis grants also are available for households in immediate danger of being without heat. With cash grants, a one-time payment is sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and will be credited on the heating bill. Cash grants range from $200 to $1,000 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. The program is available to homeowners or renters who meet income guidelines. To qualify, recipients don't have to be on public assistance. They also don't need to have an unpaid heating bill.

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Human Services administers the program, sets eligibility requirements and application processes (online, on paper or in person), and provides full details about heating crisis grants, at http://bit.ly/LIHEAP_PA_2018.