Oct. 25, 2021 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 

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 helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For an individual, the income limit is $19,320.

Due to the availability of funds through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, there will be an increase in the minimum LIHEAP cash grant from $200 to $500 and an increase in the maximum cash grant from $1,000 to $1,500. The maximum LIHEAP crisis grant will increase from $600 to $1,200. LIHEAP is distributed directly to a household’s utility company or home heating fuel provider in the form of a grant.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online at www.dhs.pa.gov or by contacting the Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County at 1-800-822-0359. The program runs through May 6, 2022.

In addition, application forms are available at my district office in Hazleton, 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
717-260-6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil


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