PA Department of Human Services Releases 2024-2025 Proposed LIHEAP State Plan


The Department of Human Services (Department) published the proposed 2024-2025 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 2024-2025 LIHEAP later this year.

A copy of the proposed 2024-2025 LIHEAP state plan can be found here. There are a few noteworthy components of the 2024-2025 proposal that will impact our heating fuel membership.

1. The projected budget available for LIHEAP benefits will decrease from $168.8 million to $160.5 million.

2. The cash component budget and estimated number of households to be served will increase by the following:

a. Cash Component Budget: will increase from $105.1 million to $107 million
b. Estimated Households Served will increase from 269,487 to 331,044

3. The Cash and Crisis minimum/maximum levels will have one change:

MINIMUM CASH BENEFIT
Establish a minimum Cash component benefit of $200 (was previously $300)

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

MINIMUM CRISIS BENEFIT
Establish a minimum Crisis component benefit of $25.

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

4. The start date for the 2023-2024 LIHEAP season will remain on November 1, 2024 and end April 4, 2025

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