PA Department of Human Services Releases 2023-2024 Proposed LIHEAP State Plan

The Department of Human Services (Department) published the proposed 2023-2024 state plan for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Saturday. Comments on this notice and testimony received at public hearings will be used to formulate the final State Plan for using Federal funds for FY 2023-2024 LIHEAP later this year.

A copy of the proposed 2023-2024 LIHEAP state plan can be found here.

A copy of the 2023-2024 LIHEAP state plan that shows proposed changes (highlighted in yellow) can be found here. There are a few noteworthy components of the proposal that will impact our heating fuel membership.

1. The projected budget available for LIHEAP benefits will decrease from $180.7 million to $168.8 million.

2. The cash component budget and estimated number of households to be served will decrease by the following:
a. Cash Component Budget: will decrease from $120.5 million to $105.1 million
b. Estimated Households Served will decrease from 304,474 to 269,487

3. The Cash and Crisis minimum/maximum levels will remain the same.

Establish a minimum Cash component benefit of $300.

Establish a maximum Cash component benefit of $1,000.

Establish a minimum Crisis component benefit of $25.

Establish a maximum Crisis component benefit of $1,000.

4. The start date for the 2023-2024 LIHEAP season will remain on November 1, 2023 but the end date will be shortened to April 5, 2024

The PPA actively serves on the LIHEAP Advisory Committee (LAC) to represent the interests of deliverable fuel vendors and consumers.

The PPA has been working with other entities to explore additional ways to fund fuel assistance. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced that is now authorizing the use of federal funding to cover deliverable fuels (heating oil & propane). The PPA hosting a membership webinar with PHFA on August 1st to further explain the program. A link to register for the webinar can be found here.