Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps those with low incomes pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Eligible households could receive grants of $200-$1000 to help with heating costs. The 2020-2021 program opens on November 1, 2020 and is scheduled to close on April 9, 2021. There are three ways to apply for LIHEAP: online application, paper application or in person. Visit the LIHEAP Benefit Amount Table to see how much help your household could receive. The income requirements start at $19,140 for a 1-person household. There are two types of LIHEAP grants available.

LIHEAP Cash Grants vary from $200 to $1000 based on household size, region, income and fuel type. A household is eligible for only one regular LIHEAP grant per heating season.

LIHEAP Crisis Grants are authorized by the County Assistance Office to prevent a household from being without heat. The crisis grant maximum for the season is $800..

LIHEAP orders must be placed by phone or in person. They cannot be placed online.

For more information, visit https://www.dhs.pa.gov/Services/Assistance/Pages/LIHEAP.aspx, contact the Berks County Assistance Office at 610-736-4220 or contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday.

How do I apply?

Apply online at: www.compass.state.pa.us Request an application by calling the Statewide LIHEAP Hotline at 1-866-857-7095 or call PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired.

Below is contact information for local County Assistance Offices and other organizations:

Berks County Assistance Office - 610.736.4228

625 Cherry Street, Reading PA 19602; Office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Chester County Assistance Office - 610.466.1042

101 James Buchanan Drive, Thorndale PA 19372; Office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lehigh County Assistance Office - 610.821.6509 

555 Union Blvd, Suite 3, Allentown PA 18109; Office hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Montgomery County Assistance Office - 610.272.1752

1931 New Hope Street, Norristown PA 19401; Office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

United Way - Dial 411 

Multi-Services of Berks County - 610.898.4046