By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Applications are open for the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.READ MORE: Maintenance To Impact Port Authority's Silver Line Next Week
The federally funded program has been extended and is open from Oct. 18 to May 6.
“LIHEAP helps some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens – children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income families – make ends meet and keep their home safe through the winter. I encourage anyone who may need help, or anyone who has loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this program, to apply for LIHEAP today,” said Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Meg Snead.READ MORE: COVID Omicron Variant Detected In Vaccinated Minnesotan Who Traveled To NYC Anime Convention
Because of money through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is able to provide increased LIHEAP benefits for the 2021-22 season.
The minimum grant is bumping from $200 to $500, and the maximum is going from $1,000 to $1,500. For those who need a LIHEAP crisis grant — which is for people who meet the poverty limits and are in jeopardy of having their heat turned off — the grant maximum is doubling to $1,200.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 9,143 New Cases, 128 More Deaths