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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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Money to help low-income individuals pay part or all of their energy bills. 

What does this funding get me?

This is a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. This money does not go directly to individual folks but instead goes to their energy provider. 

Am I eligible?

Individual homeowners and renters are eligible. If you are a renter and your energy bill is included in your rent, you must have access to an itemized monthly bill. 

Households are expected to report on and meet eligibility requirements

  • ID
  • rental agreement
  • citizenship status
  • SSN
  • proof of income(s)
  • tax records
  • energy bills

External eligibility tool:

How can I access the money?

LIHEAP is a federal program that is administered by DHS. It is generally available from November through April. LIHEAP provides grant assistance to low income households for heat-related utility service or deliverable fuels, such as oil, wood, coal, or propane. Eligible Pennsylvania residents may apply for benefits online using COMPASS or download a paper application, print it, fill it out, and return it to their local county assistance office.

There are three types of assistance offered through LIHEAP:

LIHEAP Cash Grant:

Renters and homeowners who are responsible for heating costs may apply for a LIHEAP Cash Grant every year.

LIHEAP Crisis Grant:

Renters and homeowners at risk of termination or have 15 days or less of a deliverable fuel may receive a LIHEAP Crisis Grant. To be awarded, the grant must resolve the crisis (stop termination, reconnect service, or allow for fuel delivery), either alone or together with other payments.

LIHEAP Furnace Repair / Replacement:

Renters and homeowners can get help to repair a broken furnace or address other equipment-related heating emergencies.


What is the timeline?

This money is available now. You can access this money one time per program year. You can apply from December 1 to March 31 each year. 

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Home Electrification and Appliance Rebate Program

Home Energy Rebates

Where can I get more information?