LIHEAP Announces Summer Fill Supplement Program
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently announced they will issue a $500 LIHEAP a Summer Fill supplement to 2021/22 LIHEAP season recipients.
A 2021/22 LIHEAP recipient is defined as anyone who submitted a pre-season or regular season LIHEAP application that was approved by DHS. These supplements may be used for an outstanding bill from a delivery last season or for a future delivery.
The $500 Summer Fill supplement is eligible to households who received a LIHEAP Cash or Crisis benefit to a deliverable (solid/liquid) fuel vendor.
The supplement will be issued to the heating vendor that received the most recent LIHEAP benefit.
Voucher # 211904005 with a Treasury pay date of 08/10/2022. Vouchers that list customers who will receive a Summer Fill supplement will be posted to PROMISeon Monday, August 1.
Households that receive a supplement will be sent a notice informing them that the supplement is being issued and the name of the vendor who will receive it.
The notice text for supplements reads:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is writing to you about your Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Cash Benefits
You qualify for 2021-2022energy assistance based on new information that we have. We are sending $xxxtovendorname. This will not affect your eligibility for the 2022-2023 season.
The amount and vendor name will be populated based on which supplement group the household is in and which vendor receives the supplement.
Pre-season LIHEAP applications for the 2022/23 season will be mailed to THIS season’s recipients in Sept/October (prior to the start of the season on November 1). Receipt of a Summer Fill supplement has no effect on next season’s LIHEAP eligibility.
The PPA serves on the LIHEAP Advisory Committee (LAC) to represent the interests of deliverable fuel vendors and consumers. The PPA advocated for a proportional amount of the unspent federal LIHEAP funding to directly assist the one of out of five homes in the Commonwealth who rely on heating oil and propane as their primary heat source.