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Heating, energy assistance program accepting applications

Nov 10, 2017 • by Office of Rep. Mark Rozzi
Without heating assistance, people may turn to riskier ways of keeping warm.

The 2017-2018 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications as of Wednesday, Nov. 1.

LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000, which are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of $25 to $500 for households in immediate danger of being without heat.

Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application.

LIHEAP information also is available by contacting the Berks County Assistance Office at:

Reading State Office Building

625 Cherry Street

Reading, PA 19602-1188

OFFICE HOURS: 8 AM to 5 PM

PHONE: 610-736-4228 or 866-215-3911

FAX: 610-736-4004

You also can call the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095; or apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us.

The state Department of Human Services, which administers the federally funded LIHEAP program, will mail applications or information to people who received LIHEAP grants last season.

This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,090 for an individual, $24,360 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household.

Please click here for more LIHEAP information.

The state Public Utility Commission has many resources to help keep individuals and families warm during Pennsylvania winters. Additional links offering tips to keep you warm all winter long are:

www.Energy.govPa. Weatherization Assistance Program.

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