(HARRISBURG) – The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that the annual application period for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program is open. “This program seeks to provide support for our poorest citizens with their home heating costs during the time of year when temperatures are the coldest and people are at their most vulnerable,” said Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that is administered through DHS at the state level. Eligible applicants must be within 150% of the federal poverty income guideline and the number of people living in the household will be considered. Benefits range from $200 to $1000 for the standard program and $25 to $500 for crisis aid.
More information regarding the program can be found online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Application can be made via paper form or online at the COMPASS website. “As always, my district office staff is available to answer questions and help facilitate your application,” added Sen. Gordner.
LIHEAP runs from November 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, but DHS has the ability to extend or shorten these dates, based on funds available.
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