|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began to accept applications on Nov. 1. Funded by the federal government but administered at the state level, LIHEAP provides cash and crisis grants to eligible participants who need some help in paying their heating costs during the winter.
Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,735; for a couple, the limit is $25,365; and for a family of four, it is $38,625.
To apply for a LIHEAP grant online, visit www.compass.state.pa.us
. Eligible Luzerne County residents can also contact the Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County at 1-800-822-0359 to apply.
In addition, application forms will be available at my district office in Hazleton (1 W. Broad St.), or from local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.
For more information on LIHEAP, please visit www.RepToohil.com
, or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office