The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides funding for heating to low-income families. It will be open from November 2 to March 15, 2010, while crisis assistance will be available from January 4 to March 15. Families who earn below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (for instance, $33,075 for a family of four) are eligible. Benefit amounts vary - a table is available from the Department of Public Welfare.
If you have clients who will need assistance, it is best to apply as early as possible. This holds especially true for clients who are recently unemployed or working at reduced wages who may not be aware of the LIHEAP program.
More information can be found at the Department of Public Welfare's LIHEAP site. They state that the fastest way to apply is through the COMPASS website. For more information, you can contact your local county assistance office or the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Mondays through Fridays. If you live in Delaware County or the Philadelphia area, you may also call PathWays PA at 610-543-5022 for more information. Individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886.