How LIHEAP Works
Families and individuals living on low incomes can apply for a LIHEAP grant to help pay their heating bills. The grants range from $200 to $1,000, based on household size, income, and fuel type. This is a one-time cash grant sent directly to the utility company or fuel provider and becomes a credit on your bill. As a grant, the money does not have to be repaid.
Crisis Grants If your household is in immediate danger of being without heat, you may also qualify for a crisis grant, including additional benefits. Emergency situations include:
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off
- The danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply)
- The danger of having utility service terminated (you’ve received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)
CWF is currently helping Philadelphia Residents…
After you answer a few simple questions, you can speak with a Campaign for Working Families Resource Manager, who can help you through the application process.
Pennsylvania Residents Outside of Philadelphia
There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP:
Apply for benefits online using COMPASS, the online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs, and manage benefit information.
You can print a paper application, complete and return it to your local county assistance office.
Visit your local county assistance office to fill out an application.
Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Please allow 30 days for a response.