The LIHEAP Cash program, which provides grants to low-income individuals and families to heat their homes, opened for applications Nov. 1. Grants range from $200 to $1,000 and are based on household size, income and main source of heat. You need not have an unpaid bill to receive home heating energy assistance, and you can receive this money without being in the Cash Assistance program

Annual income limits for eligibility are $16,332 for an individual, plus $5,736 for each additional member of the household.

The fastest way to apply for a LIHEAP Cash grant (and to check the status of your application) is to apply at www.compass.state.pa.us. You may also contact the Allegheny County Assistance Office at 412-565-2146. To apply, you will need names of people in your household, dates of birth for all household members, social security numbers for all household members, proof of income for all household members and a recent heating bill.

Additional money may be available if you have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing your heat. Emergency situations include:

  • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
  • Lack of fuel
  • Termination of utility service
  • Danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated

Assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day by contacting the Allegheny County Department of Human Services at 1-800-851-3838.