Applications for financial assistance with heating bills under the Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can be completed online, on paper or in person at a county assistance office, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. Downloadable paper forms are available in Spanish and in English as of 2015.
The LIHEAP program helps families pay heating costs through cash grants sent directly to the utility company to offset monthly bills. To complete the application form, list names and Social Security numbers of all persons residing in the household, sources of income, type of heating fuel used, name of utility company and account number. Sign and date the application, and submit proof of income and copies of utility bills as directed on the form.
Pennsylvania residents with incomes up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive assistance. In 2013, approximately 391,461 households in Pennsylvania received heating assistance grants ranging from $100 to $1,000. The program operates from November 4 to April 18 each year.
In addition to the LIHEAP grant, funds are available to help residents in crisis situations who are in danger of losing heat due to broken equipment or lack of fuel.