LIHEAP Application Deadline Extended

March 23, 2011

On March 14, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett’s administration announced that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will be extended more than two weeks to April 15th, giving eligible households extra time to seek help paying their winter heating bills.

The federally funded LIHEAP program, which began accepting applications last November, was originally set to end March 31, but  has now been extended through April 15.

LIHEAP, administered through the Department of Public Welfare, provides cash grants to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel and crisis grants to address heating emergencies such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages.

CLS urges its clients to apply for this program soon if they need assistance paying for their gas, electric, or oil bills.

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LIHEAP applications now being accepted

November 9, 2010

On November 1, the Department of Public Welfare began accepting applications for LIHEAP.  The LIHEAP cash program will pay up to $400 for families who need help paying their heating costs during the winter.  The LIHEAP crisis program will pay up to $400 in additional money if the family’s utility has been shut off or if threatened to be shut off.

Families can receive up to 160% of the poverty level to qualify for LIHEAP.  For a family of four, that’s $35,390 per year or $2940 per month.

In Philadelphia, LIHEAP is usually sent directly to PECO or PGW and credited to the family’s account.

For more information and to download LIHEAP Applications in English and Spanish, click here.  To apply online, go to

1348 W. Sedgley Avenue (near Broad and Allegheny)
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FAX:  215-560-2260

CLS advocates can help with problems that families face obtaining LIHEAP or a gas or electric utility shut-off.  We see new clients every weekday from 9-12 at 1424 Chestnut Street or Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-12 at our North Philadelphia office at 3638 North Broad (at Erie.)

(image courtesy of DPW.)


Deadline to apply for LIHEAP is this Friday, April 16

April 13, 2010

This Friday, April 16, is the last day for Pennsylvanian families to apply for LIHEAP, the Commonwealth’sprogram to provide cash grants to low-income households to help pay for home heating emergencies such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages.  The program was set to expire earlier, but was extended until this Friday.

For more information on the program, see the Department of Public Welfare’s website or click here for a CLS flier with more information for Philadelphia residents.


Successful CLS advocacy leads to major LIHEAP improvements

February 25, 2010

The Department of Public Welfare, in response to recent CLS advocacy, has improved the LIHEAP program in five significant ways.

1.  The LIHEAP program (Cash and Crisis) end date has been extended from March 15 to April 2, 2010.

2.  A $100 supplemental LIHEAP Cash payment will be made to all LIHEAP households who are eligible for a cash grant.  Households that were already approved for LIHEAP cash will automatically receive another $100 (payable, in most cases, to the energy company.)

3.  An additional $100 supplemental LIHEAP Cash payment will be made to LIHEAP households with a “vulnerable household member”.  Vulnerable is defined as households with someone who is:

  • 60 years of age  or over;
  • 5 years of age or younger; OR
  • Disabled

4.       As of February 8, 2010, DPW will accept all regulated utility termination notices, dated February 1 or later for the purpose of providing Crisis grants.  In Philadelphia, shut-off notices from PGW and PECO dated February 1 or later will be accepted as proof of a Crisis.  Until now, only applicants without heat were eligible for Crisis.

5.      Also as of February 8, 2020, households can apply for a second Crisis grant up to the maximum total amount of $400, ending the previous “one and done” rule.  A second Crisis grant may be issued to households who have previously received one of less than $400. The second grant must be accepted by the fuel vendor or utility company as sufficient to resolve the crisis. The utility must agree to accept the Crisis amount as sufficient to avert termination until May 1.

Download LIHEAP Applications in English and Spanish here.

To apply for LIHEAP Cash or Crisis, mail or take the application to:
LIHEAP District County Assistance Office (formerly Tioga)
1348 W. Sedgley Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can also apply for LIHEAP Crisis by going, in person, to:

Elmwood District                                           Boulevard District
5740 Market Street, 1st Floor                   4109 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19139                                Philadelphia, PA 19124
THURSDAYS ONLY                                       TUESDAYS ONLY
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.                                                8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Pending state bill would harm low-income heating customers

February 1, 2010

This Wednesday, February 3, the Pennsylvania Senate Public Health & Welfare committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 1124.  CLS strongly opposes this bill in its current form.

SB 1124, if passed, would harm low-income heating customers, silence advocates, and only benefit special interests.  Among other things, SB 1124 would:

  • Prevent Pennsylvania from obtaining fair energy prices to controls costs
  • Give extra LIHEAP dollars to utilities and takes away funds from people who are actually without heat or who are about to lose heat
  • Dilute the voices of consumers on the LIHEAP Advisory Committee by giving an unprecedented amount of power to energy vendors.

For more information on this bill, check out our one-page fact sheet here.