Crisis Grant Applications Available
January 14, 2014-Howard
PHILADELPHIA- No doubt
the recent frigid weather that gripped Pennsylvania is taking its toll on many
home heating systems. That’s why a
Philadelphia lawmaker is reminding low income residents that if their furnace
breaks down…there’s a state-operated program available to help them pay for
speaker is Senator Shirley Kitchen of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the
Senate Health & Public Welfare Committee.
Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, crisis grants are now available to
provide emergency home heating support to those struggling to heat their home
crisis grants address heating emergencies such as broken heating equipment or
lack of fuel. The amount of the crisis
grant cannot exceed the amount necessary to resolve the crisis situation. The minimum amount is $25 and the maximum is
$500. Customers can receive more than one crisis grant per season, but it must
be applied to different vendors.
information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit the
Department of Public Welfare's website at www.dpw.state.pa.us and click on
the easiest way for people to apply for a crisis grant is by going online at
www.compass.state.pa.us. They can also
apply by calling toll-free 1-866-857-7095 or calling their county assistance office.
County residents can apply for LIHEAP crisis grants at the new crisis grant
office location, 914 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, or call toll-free at
this winter season, DPW has received 32,135 crisis grant applications and has
approved 31,389 grants totaling $10,204,601. The application deadline is April 4th. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
received a little more than $175.6 million from the federal government to
operate its LIHEAP cash grant (help paying home heating bills) and crisis grant
(help paying for furnace repairs or new equipment) programs this winter season.