Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP Program Extended | WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) – The Pennsylvania Department of Social Services announced Friday, April 29 that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be extended.

The program will remain open until May 20, 2022, according to a press release from Pennsylvania DHS.

LIHEAP is an emergency and seasonal program designed to help low-income families pay their heating bills in three different ways: cash grants, crisis grants and crisis interface.

Below is more information about each type of grant:

  1. Cash grants: Income-eligible households who have responsibility for home heating. Customers do not need to face termination for this grant. Range from $500 to $1,500.
  2. Crisis Grants: Income-eligible households with heating service turned off, about to be turned off, or turned off due to lack of fuel. Customers should be viewed as having an immediate need. Range from $25 to $1,200
  3. Crisis interface: repair or replacement of broken or unusable heating system(s).

Households may be eligible for all three types of LIHEAP assistance, according to the press release.

Patrick Cicero, acting consumer advocate, urged all Pennsylvanians who need help with their bills to contact their utility company and apply for LIHEAP.

“We are delighted that the Department of Social Services has agreed to extend the LIHEAP program for an additional two weeks. This will provide households struggling to pay their home energy bills with much-needed help. »

Patrick Cicero, Acting Consumer Advocate.

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Universal service programs

Utility companies have programs designed to help eligible customers with their bills each month.

  • Budget billing: evenly distributes total annual energy costs over 12 months
  • Payment agreements: agreement between the customer and the electricity company to pay the unpaid bill after its due date but before the date of the next bill
  • Customer Assistance Program (CAP): payment assistance that provides a lower monthly bill and can write off overdue balances
  • Low Income Utilization Reduction Program (LIURP): helps reduce energy use and energy bills with free efficiency, conservation and weatherization after completing a home energy audit

For more information on the LIHEAP program, Click here.

Ryan H. Bowman