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Grants Available to PA Residents to Help with Heating Bills

The state Department of Public Welfare wants PA residents to know that crisis grants are available for those with heating emergencies.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers grants that can be used towards broken heating equipment, lack of fuel, or for those who may be in danger of running out of fuel. Applications began being accepted on Jan. 2 and should run through March 29.

According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, the program has two parts: a Crisis Exception Program that provides assistance if the heat source has been shut off or if a household’s supply has almost run out. The second part is the Regular Crisis Program, for residents who may face an emergency situation of losing heat.

For crisis grants, the minimum is $24 and the maximum is $400.

To apply, visit www.humanservices.state.pa.us/Compass, stop by the Schuykill County Assistance Office in Pottsville, or call 570-621-3071 or 570-621-3000. There are income limits based on household size. Check with the assistance office to see if you qualify.