Wolf Administration Strongly Opposes Eliminating Federal Home Heating Program

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf expressed his strong opposition to President Trump’s budget proposal and the elimination of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The President’s proposed budget would eliminate critical funding for services to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable citizens.

“The proposal to eliminate the LIHEAP program is cruel and will put many Pennsylvanians at risk,” said Governor Wolf. “I vehemently oppose a federal budget cut to a program that helps keep our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians warm in the harsh winter months.”

LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep approximately 345,000 citizens including the elderly, children, and individuals living with a disability warm and safe during the winter months. The program is available to both renters and homeowners. The support comes in the form of a grant, so the individual does not have to repay assistance, and goes directly to their utility company or home heating fuel provider.

The Department of Human Services received approximately $185.5 million in federal funding for the 2016-17 LIHEAP season.

“The department’s hope is that the federal proposal is solely an ill-advised negotiating tactic, not a serious proposal.” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas.

During the 2015-16 LIHEAP season, 345,246 households received cash benefits and 89,735 households received crisis benefits statewide totaling $159.5 million in assistance. These households each received an average of $462.

The chart below gives a county breakdown of the number of households participating in LIHEAP.

County # of Housholds
Adams 1,642
Allegheny 30,953
Armstrong 2,691
Beaver 5,355
Bedford 2,497
Berks 7,807
Blair 5,878
Bradford 2,045
Bucks 5,278
Butler 4,084
Cambria 6,814
Cameron 285
Carbon 2,308
Centre 2,129
Chester 3,876
Clarion 1,336
Clearfield 4,367
Clinton 1,418
Columbia 2,308
Crawford 3,563
Cumberland 3,156
Dauphin 5,493
Delaware 10,536
Elk 854
Erie 11,155
Fayette 9,195
Forest 247
Franklin 3,140
Fulton 666
Greene 1,662
Huntingdon 2,051
Indiana 3,025
Jefferson 1,674
Juniata 769
Lackawanna 6,989
Lancaster 6,818
Lawrence 4,210
Lebanon 2,714
Lehigh 7,150
Luzerne 12,258
Lycoming 4,051
McKean 1,626
Mercer 4,424
Mifflin 2,198
Monroe 3,801
Montgomery 7,249
Montour 450
Northampton 4,815
Northumberland 3,676
Perry 1,060
Philadelphia 74,933
Pike 1,078
Potter 667
Schuylkill 5,940
Snyder 962
Somerset 3,748
Sullivan 249
Susquehanna 1,202
Tioga 1,317
Union 936
Venango 2,390
Warren 1,268
Washington 5,179
Wayne 1,607
Westmoreland 11,329
Wyoming 902
York 7,799

For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.