(HARRISBURG) – The deadline to apply for home heating assistance under the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to May 1, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25), who urged eligible residents to apply.

LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Scarnati said LIHEAP applications were supposed to be submitted by April 3, but the severity and duration of this winter’s weather resulted in the deadline being moved.

“This winter had been especially harsh, resulting in higher heating bills for many senior citizens and those on a fixed income,” Scarnati said.  “This extension will help those in need to take advantage of an important program.”

The cash grants are determined from several factors, including household income and family size.

Scarnati said residents can apply for LIHEAP, online at COMPASS.  They can also contact their local county assistance office or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).


Kate Eckhart