Currently, thousands of Pennsylvanians struggle to pay their energy bills when they come each month. Love Energy Fuel recognizes, and that is why we partnered with a government program called LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps qualified families with their home heating oil bills.
What Is LIHEAP?
LIHEAP supports low-income families with their home heating concerns. The dates for support changes each year. Your payments are issued directly to Love Energy Fuel and appear as a credit on your bill. The amount available varies according to your income, the number of people in your family, and the type of fuel your home uses. The Department of Human Services may extend or shorten the program depending upon the availability of federal funds.
The LIHEAP program assists hundreds of Love Energy heating oil customers each year. It’s a service we’re proud to partner with. No customer should have to worry about being able to keep their family safe and warm during the winter seasons.
Do you qualify for LIHEAP?
LIHEAP is a needs-based assistance program that is open to anyone who rents or owns a home. You may already qualify for LIHEAP in Pennsylvania if you currently receive other forms of social assistance.
You can apply for LIHEAP whether you are working or not. To qualify, your annual income must fall below a given level, depending on the number of people in your household. You also need proof of your oil or propane account, as well as the information for everyone in your home.
Pennsylvania Income Eligibility Limits
To qualify for LIHEAP in Pennsylvania for 2016-2017, your annual gross income for the number of people in your home must be:
- For an individual living alone: $17,820/year
- For a two-person household: $24,030/year
- For three family members: $30,240/year
- For four family members: $36,450/year
- For five family members: $42,660/year
- For six family members: $48,870/year
- For seven family members: $55,095/year
- For eight family members: $61,335/year
With each additional family member, the income cap is raised by $6,240/year.
How to Apply
There are three different ways you can apply for LIHEAP, online, on paper, or in person.
A Love Energy Fuel representative can advise you on the documentation you’ll need to get your application approved. This can include:
- Names, ages and Social Security numbers of all household members
- Proof of income for all household members
- Proof of address
- A copy of your most recent heating bill or a confirmation of account letter
You can apply online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is where you can apply for LIHEAP and many other services that can help you make ends meet.
Download an application for LIHEAP benefits by clicking on the links below and return it to your local county assistance
When you are eligible?
After your application is reviewed, you will receive a written notice explaining your eligibility and the amount of assistance you will receive. Payments are generally sent directly to a utility company or fuel dealer and are credited to your account. Please allow 30 days for a response.
In addition to the LIHEAP program, households experiencing a heating crisis may be eligible for additional benefits through the LIHEAP crisis program.
The Crisis program will reopen in the Fall of 2017.
Emergency situations include:
- Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Lack of fuel
- The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off
- The danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)
Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; in most counties, you should contact your local county assistance office. However, residents of the two counties listed below are encouraged to directly contact their local agencies that operate the crisis component in their areas:
- Luzerne – Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne Co., 1-800-822-0359;
- Wyoming – Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming Co., (570) 836-4090.