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What does the State of Pennsylvania's LIHEAP program entail?

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LIHEAP, an abbreviation for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low-income families with their heating bills. LIHEAP in Pennsylvania offers support in the form of payments sent to utility companies, or crisis grants for households about to go without heat.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services offers the COMPASS website, at COMPASS.state.PA.us, for applications to LIHEAP and many other assistance programs for people in need. DHS.state.PA.us also provides printable LIHEAP-application forms, which the applicant can fill out and take to his local county assistance office.

Local county assistance offices also provide forms to fill out on site, along with extra assistance in applying for LIHEAP. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services also operates a LIHEAP hot line. LIHEAP is a federal program operated and funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; however, each state administers the program independently.

LIHEAP crisis grants are available for a variety of emergency situations, including broken heating equipment, lack of fuel, or danger of being without heat. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services recommends Pennsylvanians plan carefully for their heating expenses each winter, as they can add up quickly. This includes added weatherization for homes, for which residents may also be eligible for financial support.

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