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Heating Bill Assistance Now Available

Beginning Nov. 1, Pennsylvania residents having trouble heating their homes may not have to chose between food or fuel this winter.

The federally –funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, offers cash grants to pay heating bills and are sent directly to the family’s utility company to offset costs.

Crisis grants are also available to families who may be in danger of being without heat and may be used to buy fuel or repair heating equipment.

According to the state Department of Public Welfare this year’s income guidelines are as follows:

1 person — $16,335 maximum income2 people — $22,065 maximum income3 people — $27,795 maximum income4 people — $33,525 maximum income5 people — $39,255 maximum income6 people — $44,985 maximum income7 people — $50,715 maximum income8 people — $56,445 maximum income9 people — $62,175 maximum income10 people — $67,905 maximum income (For each additional person, add $5,730)The minimum those who qualify may receive is $100 and the maximum is $300.You can apply for LIHEAP by visiting a county assistance office, applying online at www.compass.state.pa.us; or download an application from the Department of Public Welfare website at www.dpw.state.pa.us and return the application to their county assistance office.