Updated on Thu, 01/18/18

Need Help Paying for Oil? Check out LIHEAP!

LIHEAP is the Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps low-income families pay their heating bills. There are two forms of assistance available through LIHEAP. The first is a cash grant that is sent directly to the utility company. The second form of assistance is the crisis grant. The crisis grant is strictly for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Cash grants help families pay their heating bills. The payment is a grant that is paid directly to your energy provider. It will then be credited to your account, and you can continue to heat your home as usual.

Crisis grants work a little differently. They are reserved for households that are experiencing some type of heating crisis- hence the name. There are two components to the crisis grants. The regular crisis component is available to households that are in an emergency situation. Examples of emergency situations include: broken heating equipment, leaking lines, lack of fuel, termination of utility service, or the danger of lack of fuel or service termination. The crisis exception component is available to households without heat. A household is considered to be without heat if the main heating source has been completely shut-off or the household has almost run out of their supply of their main heating fuel.

Applications for the 2011-2012 LIHEAP season are now being accepted. It’s easy to find out if your eligible or to apply. You can apply on-line at www.compass.state.pa.us, request an application by calling the statewide LIHEAP Hotline at 1-866-857-7095, or you can stop by your local county assistance office to pick up an application. You will receive written notice if your household qualifies and the amount of your grant.