Scarnati Announces Heating Assistance Program Now Open for 2016-2017

(BROCKWAY) – Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program will begin accepting applications on November 1st, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that LIHEAP provides grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income families pay heating bills during the winter season. LIHEAP also offers crisis grants of up to $500 for families that experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination.  The LIHEAP program provides this assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company.

“With the winter months quickly approaching, the burden of an added expense for heating can be especially heavy on low-income families and those individuals on fixed incomes,” Scarnati said.  “This program can provide a great service to those who may need assistance with heating costs.  I urge residents who may be eligible and need help to apply for the LIHEAP program.”

Applications for the 2016-2017 LIHEAP program will be accepted through March 31, 2017.  Eligibility for this year’s LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines and is based on household size.  Below are the income limits for both cash and crisis benefits.

Household Size Income Limit (150% FPIG)
1 $17,820
2 $24,030
3 $30,240
4 $36,450
5 $42,660
6 $48,870
7 $55,095
8 $61,335
9 $67,575
10 $73,815

*For Each Additional Person add $6,240

Additional information regarding LIHEAP and other home heating assistance programs and paper applications are available through local county assistance offices, or at Senator Scarnati’s district offices.  For locations and hours please go to www.senatorscarnati.com.   Online applications can also be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us.

CONTACT: Kate Eckhart   keckhart@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084