Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Individuals that have a heating emergency, as defined by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) should contact their local county assistance office and inquire about the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The definition of a heating emergency as defined by DHS is having no heat or being in imminent danger of not having heat during the months of November through March.

DHS considers emergency situations to be:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
  • Lack of fuel
  • The main heating source or second heating source (a source that is used to operate the main heating source or used if the main heating source is not working) has been completely shut-off
  • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15 day supply) or of having utility service terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 days)

Assistance with home heating crisis situations will be available 24 hours a day; by contacting the local county assistance office for eligibility and an application.

Read more details about the LIHEAP program.

Also check out a list of DHS local county assistance offices along with contact information.

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