PA Low-Income Home Energy Recovery Crisis Assistance Applications Due August 31
On August 14, the Department of Human Services reminded residents the deadline to apply for Low-Income Home Energy Recovery Crisis Assistance (LIHEAP) is August 31.
LIHEAP helps with home energy bills, ensuring continuity of utility and other energy services for low-income Pennsylvanians.
LIHEAP normally runs from November through April, but the Recovery Crisis program, running through August, can help with Pennsylvanians’ home energy bills, ensuring continuity of utility and other energy services for low-income Pennsylvanians. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners.
LIHEAP Recovery Crisis benefits may be available if a household:
— Has their main or secondary energy source completely shut-off;
— Is notified that their utility service will be shut off in the next 60 days;
— Has broken energy equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replace;
— Is in danger of being without fuel in 15 days or less; or,
— Owes funds to a utility provider that would constitute a service termination if not for the Public Utility Commission’s moratorium on terminations.
Those who prefer to submit paper applications can print from the website or request an application by phone at 1-800-692-7462 and mail it to their local County Assistance Office (CAO) or place it in a CAO’s secure drop box, if available.
Dropping applications off at a CAO using the drop box can help avoid an application delay due to ongoing postal service delays.
Pennsylvanians do not need to know their own eligibility in order to apply for these programs. While CAOs remain closed, work processing applications, determining eligibility, and issuing benefits continues.
If you applied and were denied previously and your financial circumstances have changed, you can reapply.
More information about the program, visit the LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program webpage.