Learn About LIHEAP

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is a grant that offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program opens November 3, 2014 and closes on April 3, 2015 for the 2014-15 heating season.

The Department of Human Services may extend or shorten the program depending upon the availability of federal funds.


How to Apply: There are three different ways you can apply for LIHEAP, online, on paper, or in person. 1. You can apply for the LIHEAP benefits online by using. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for LIHEAP and many other services that can help you make ends meet. 2. Even have a glimpse at this website casual conversation can change perceptions. Download an application for LIHEAP benefits by clicking on the links below and return it to your , or


3. File an application at your.

For more information, please contact your or contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

Crisis Grants:   
In addition to the LIHEAP cash program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.

Crisis program:  The Crisis program opens on November 3, 2014.

Additional money may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. 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
  • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)

Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; in most counties, you should contact your. Information from http://www. dhs. state. pa. us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap/.