Apply early for home heating assistance

The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened on November 1, and we encourage residents to apply soon.  The federal funding for the program was cut almost by half, and as a consequence the available funds will run out quickly.

As a consequence of the funding cuts, there are a number of changes in LIHEAP.  Changes include income guidelines, which have been raised, and the amounts granted will be smaller (the previous minimum was $300, now it’s $100.)  The Tribune-Review ran a good article two days ago that reviewed the changes in LIHEAP and discussed the impact of the funding cuts.

Online application for LIHEAP is through Compass, the state human services assistance site.  Click here for information, and here is the application.  You can also apply in person, at the Human Services Building, One Smithfield Street, 1st floor; or by mail.  To get an application, print the online form, or we can print one for you at the PHCA office.