For Immediate Release
January 13, 2010
LIHEAP Deadline Extended, Cash Grants Increased
HARRISBURG – Cash grants for Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will increase and the heating assistance
programs will be extended for the 2009-10 heating season, according to Sen.
Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks).
Streamlining the Department of Public Welfare's computer system has increased
efficiency and reduced fraud and abuse, enabling the state to increase the
amount of each cash grant by up to $100. Cash grants are based on income, family
size, type of heating fuel and region, McIlhinney said.
The state is also extending the deadline to apply for
LIHEAP from March 15 to April 2. The Department of Public Welfare expects to
assist approximately 600,000 families with cash grants during the 2009-2010
Household sizes and income limits for LIHEAP's 2009-10
1 -- $16,245
2 -- $21,855
3 -- $27,465
4 -- $33,075
5 -- $38,685
6 -- $44,295
7 -- $49,905
8 -- $55,515
(For each additional person add $5,610).
Additional information and applications for LIHEAP
assistance are available online via the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to
Social Services (COMPASS) website at
www.compass.state.pa.us. Applications are also available at county
assistance offices, local utility companies and community service agencies, such
as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies. Applicants may also call
CONTACT: Heather Cevasco (215) 489-5000