Home heating assistance available

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, has begun offering crisis grants to provide emergency home heating support to those struggling to heat their home this winter.

“The crisis grants are the second phase of the department’s LIHEAP program, which has been offering cash grants since Nov. 1,” Department of Public Welfare Secretary Gary D. Alexander said. “We open the crisis program in January as the temperatures in Pennsylvania really begin to plummet and heating one’s home becomes a lifesaving measure.”

The LIHEAP crisis grants are in place to address heating emergencies such as broken heating equipment, a lack of fuel, or a danger of being without fuel. To expedite the crisis grant process, the department recommends completing an application online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications still are available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants may download and print an application from the department’s website.

Grant eligibility is based on household size and income. A single-person household is eligible up to a maximum annual income of $16,755. The threshhold for two people is $22,695; for three people, $28,635; four people, $34,575; five people, $40,515; six people, $46,455; seven people, $52,395; eight people, $58,335; nine people, $64,275; and 10 people, $70,215.

“Households who have already received a cash grant this year and find themselves in a heating emergency do not need to complete another application,” Alexander said. “As long as they have not had a change in address or number of people in their household, they can simply call their local county assistance office to request the crisis grant.”

For more information or to download an application, visit www.dpw.state.pa.us and click on “For Adults.”