Monday, November 2, 2015

LIHEAP Opens Today!

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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is scheduled to reopen November 2, 2015. LIHEAP is a cash grant sent directly to utility companies to help low-income households pay heating bills.

You can apply for LIHEAP online, using a paper form, or at your local County Assistance Office (CAO). There is also a LIHEAP hotline available Monday through Friday (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).

A Crisis program will also open in Fall 2015 to provide additional money to families in an emergency who are at risk of losing their heat. Emergencies include:
  • Broken/leaking heating equipment that must be fixed or replaced
  • Lack of fuel
  • Shut-off of the main or second heating source
  • Potential of being without fuel (less than 15 day supply) or of having utilities shut off within 60 days.
To apply for a crisis grant in most counties, you should contact your local county assistance office. However, residents of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties should contact these agencies directly:
  • Luzerne - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne Co., 1-800-822-0359;
  • Wyoming - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming Co., (570) 836-4090.

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