Applications are now being accepted for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Applications are now being accepted for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

LIHEAP Now Open for 2012-2013

LIHEAP, The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.   LIHEAP opened on November 1, 2012 for the 2012-13 winter.  The application process takes at least two months; this is NOT an immediate service.

There are 3 forms of assistance under LIHEAP:

1.  LIHEAP CASH:  Pays at least $100 to help with a heating bill.  This includes bills for electricity, gas, water, oil, propane, kerosene, or other fuel types.

OPEN:   November 1, 2012- March 29, 2013 (expected close date)

2.  LIHEAP CRISIS:     Pays up to $400 to stop a shut-off of utility service, to get service turned back on, or to get fuel if a household  is out of fuel or about to run out of fuel.

OPEN for people without heat,  November 1, 2012-January 1, 2013

OPEN for people without heat or about to lose heat January 2, 2013

March 29, 2013 (expected close date)

3.  LIHEAP CRISIS INTERFACE:     Weatherization services for people without heat.  Repair or replacement of http://www.pcacares.org/OrganizationDetail.aspx?organization=LIHEAP+-+Philadelphia+County+Assistance+Office broken heaters, broken windows, frozen pipes, little or no insulation, roof damage, and other types of damage.  Apply early.  Funds can run out quickly.

OPEN November 1, 2012- March 29, 2013 (expected close date)

WHO CAN GET LIHEAP?     Most households who are within the income limits below and are responsible for heat costs are eligible.  Home owners and most renters can get LIHEAP.

INCOME LIMITS (150% of the Federal Poverty Level)

1 (Household Size)  $1396 (Monthly Income),  $16,755 (Yearly Income)

2 (Household Size)   $1891 (Monthly Income),  $22,695 (Yearly Income)

3 (Household Size)   $2386 (Monthly Income),  $28,635 (Yearly Income)

4 (Household Size)   $2881 (Monthly Income),  $34,575 (Yearly Income)

HOW TO APPLY:

You can apply online here: http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/S_000960

OR

MAIL OR FAX OR WALK IN your application to your local LIHEAP office. Call your local Area Agency on Aging or Senior Center for the location in your area.

In Philadelphia:

Main Number:   215-560-1583

Fax number:   215-560-2260

1348 W Sedgley Avenue,   Philadelphia, PA 19132-2498

To find your AAA in other counties, visit:  http://www.aging.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/your_local_resources/17952

Solicitud para el Programa de Asistencia de Energia para Hogares de Bajos Ingresos (LIHEAP Spanish appl):  http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ucmprd/groups/webcontent/documents/form/p_017181.pdf

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