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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Financial assistance with your energy bills

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded by the federal government and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. The program provides cash grants to help families with heating bills and crisis grants to help families that are at risk of losing their power or coping with heating emergencies such as:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced.
  • Lack of fuel.
  • Termination of utility service.
  • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply).
  • Danger of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days).

What is LIHEAP?

  • LIHEAP is a grant you do not have to repay for the help you receive.
  • You don't have to receive public assistance to qualify.
  • You don't need to have an unpaid heating bill.
  • You can either rent or own your home to qualify for LIHEAP funds.

What you need to do:

  1. Determine your income eligibility.
  2. Apply online, or print and mail in an application. Go to the state's website, look for Welcome to Compass and click on "apply now."
  3. If you're printing an application, mail it to your county's assistance office

Income Eligibility


Gross Annual Income


Gross Annual Income


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Additional Person = $6,240


Opening and closing dates:




Cash Program

Nov. 2

April 1, 2016

Crisis Program

Nov. 2

April 1, 2016

LIHEAP Cash Program: If you meet the income requirements, you can apply for a cash grant. Cash grants are sent directly to your utility company or fuel dealer. Cash benefit grants range from $100 to $1,000.

LIHEAP Crisis Program: You can receive crisis benefits regardless of whether or not you received a cash benefit. To qualify for a crisis benefit, you must have no heat or be in danger of being without heat. Crisis benefits range from $25 to $500.  

LIHEAP and OnTrack

If you have an active PPL OnTrack account and receive a LIHEAP grant that results in a credit on your electric bill, you should not make an OnTrack payment until all of the credits are exhausted. The credit will appear on your electric bill. You will need to review your bill each month to know when to start making your OnTrack payments to avoid defaulting from the program.

For more information:

For more information or to find out about the status of your application, please contact your county's assistance office or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday. You can also visit the state's LIHEAP website. Individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886.