Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to Open Nov. 1, Says Hess

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) announced today that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for cash grants Nov. 1.  Crisis grants will be available on Jan. 3, 2011.


“As the winter months approach, low-income families are faced with being unable to afford their heating expenses,” Hess said.  “LIHEAP provides much-needed financial assistance to ensure that Pennsylvania residents stay warm during the cold season.”


LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants.  Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.  Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated.  In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.


“No one should have to decide if they should buy food or keep their heat on,” Hess said.  “Many of the recipients of LIHEAP assistance are hard-working families trying to make ends meet.”


Applications will be available at the Bedford County Assistance Office, 150 North Street, Bedford, phone 1-800-542-8584; the Fulton County Assistance Office, 539 Fulton Drive, McConnellsburg, phone 1-800-222-8563; or the Huntingdon County Assistance Office, 7591 Lake Raystown Shopping Center, Huntingdon, phone 1-800-237-7674.  Applications are also available from local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.  LIHEAP cash grant applications are available online at


Income eligibility for cash grants begins at $35,280 for a family of four.


“Thousands of Pennsylvania citizens have been negatively affected by the recession and the continued stress placed on the economy,” Hess said.  “With the unemployment rate still high, those who need assistance should not be embarrassed to ask for help.  I encourage everyone who believes they are eligible to apply for LIHEAP assistance.”


For complete eligibility requirements and additional information on LIHEAP, visit Hess’ website at and click on “LIHEAP Home Heating Assistance.”


Rep. Dick Hess
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 623-9097
(717) 787-7076

Contact:  Tim Eller

House Republican Public Relations

(717) 260-6242

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