BLOG: This Winter, Stay Warm With Home Heating Assistance

By: Ted Dallas, Secretary of Human Services

February 01, 2016

As winter weather continues to hit our state, I would like to take the opportunity to remind Pennsylvanians that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that kicked off the season on November 2, 2015. I encourage anyone who needs help with their heating bills to apply before more winter weather arrives.


Because the fall was unseasonably warm for much of our state, many applicable Pennsylvanians may not have thought to apply for home heating assistance at the start of the LIHEAP season.

Luckily, applications for this program are accepted through April 1, 2016.

LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. LIHEAP assistance is available to both renters and homeowners.

LIHEAP is a tremendous asset to people in the commonwealth who are struggling to pay their energy bills. The program helped approximately 400,000 Pennsylvania households stay warm during last winter, including hundreds of thousands of homes with older Pennsylvanians, children, and individuals who live with a disability.

Online applications can be completed by visiting Paper applications are still available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.

For more information on the LIHEAP program visit


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