|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
Eligible residents who struggle with their home heating bills can now apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that awards cash grants 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 $19,140; for a couple, the limit is $25,860; and for a family of four, it is $39,300.
Eligible residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.
In addition, application forms are available at my district offices in Pocono Pines and Effort, 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
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office