PA LIHEAP Supplement & Crisis Maximum Increased Mid-Season

On September 29, 2022, the federal government appropriated an additional $1 billion in supplemental LIHEAP funding through a Continuing Resolution (Sec. 146, Pub. L. 117-58).

On November 2, 2022, PA Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that Pennsylvania would receive approximately $38 million in additional funds through this supplemental appropriation.

These supplemental funds were not included in the original budget for the 2022/2023 LIHEAP program year, opening the opportunity for DHS to make in-season enhancements to the program.

On December 22, 2022, the federal government passed an omnibus spending package that included an additional $1.1 billion in LIHEAP funding.

It is estimated that Pennsylvania will receive a comparable to the $38 million in supplemental funding through the Continuing Resolution.

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

The PPA participated on a LAC subcommittee with utilities and consumer advocacy groups to provide recommendations on how the state should inject the federal dollars into the 2022 – 2023 LIHEAP state program.

The PPA specifically pointed to record high heating oil costs at the start of the LIHEAP season and how many consumer Cash and Crisis accounts were depleted specifically for that reason.

DHS has decided to issue an in-season supplement to all 2022-2023 LIHEAP Cash recipient households and to increase the 2022-2023 crisis maximum. The supplement amount will be $150 per household.

The first batch of supplements will have a State Treasury pay date of 3/1/2023 and these issuances will continue to be issued monthly through the end of the season. This includes any households approved after the season closure date due to submitting their application on the final day, appeals, etc.

The crisis maximum will be increased from the current amount of $1,000 up to $2,000. DHS has not yet provided clarity as to when the crisis maximum increase will occur or that stating “they are targeting the soonest date possible from a systematic standpoint”.

The PPA will share any relevant updates with our membership. Participating LIHEAP vendors should also be receiving direct communication from the Department as more details are publicized.