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Assistance Available for Families Struggling to Pay Heating Bills

What is LIHEAP?

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families pay their heating bills.  LIHEAP is a grant.  You do not have to repay it.


To receive help...

  • Apply between November 1, 2017 and April 6, 2018
  • You don't have to be on public assistance
  • You don't have to have an unpaid heating bill
  • Youc an either rent or own your own home


How does LIHEAP work?

LIHEAP offers both cash and crisis grants. Families may apply for:

Cash Grants

Cash grants help families pay their heating bills.  The one-time payment is sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider, and it will be credited on your bill.  (In some cases, the check may be mailed to you directly.) Cash grants range from $200-$1000 and are based on household size, income and fuel type.

Crisis Grants

Crisis grants may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat,  You can receive more that one Crisis grant, as necessary, during the season until the maximum benefit of $500 is reached.  Crisis situations include broken heating equipment, leaking lines, lack of fuel, terminiation of utility services, danger of being without fuel or receiving a termination notice.

How to Apply:

English Energy Assistance Application

Spanish Energy Assistance Application


To have a brochure or application sent home with your student, please contact Melissa Bowman at 724-832-2907 or


For more information about LIHEAP's services, please click here.