Friday, February 12, 2010

LIHEAP Extended to April 2 — Other Changes

Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will extend the closing date for program benefits from March 15 to April 2. Other important changes to the program were announced as this newsletter was going to print:

· Regulated utility customers with a shut-off notice dated February 1, 2010 or later will be able to apply for crisis grants

· A household in PA may apply for a second crisis grant, subject to the $400 maximum payment

· All LIHEAP cash grant recipients will benefit from a supplemental $100 payment

· Households containing a disabled person; one who is 60 years or older, or a child 5 years of age or younger will get a second $100 supplement sent to their energy vendor.

Households must meet income eligibility requirements in order to qualify for LIHEAP benefits. For example, during the 2009 to 2010 winter season, a family of four must have a household income of $33,075 or less in order to receive assistance.

LIHEAP applications are available at county assistance offices across the Commonwealth. Applications are also available online at www.compass.state.pa.us .