Readshaw encourages low-income families to apply for heating help

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 2 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny announced the state's heating assistance program, LIHEAP, is accepting applications for the winter.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides federal aid to eligible families to help pay winter heating bills and cover emergency heating equipment needs.

"LIHEAP ensures that qualified households can pay for their heating costs, such as gas, oil or electricity," Readshaw said. "Emergency funds are also available for households without heat or fuel, or those facing cut-off from a supplier.

"My staff can help complete the application."

Household income limits to qualify vary according to family size:

Household Size     

     Maximum Income

           1
           2
           3
           4

$17,655
$23,895
$30,135
$36,375

The household income level increases by an additional $6,240 for each additional person.

"Since this program is based on federal money, the state budget impasse should not affect the funding for this program," Readshaw said.

Applications also can be completed online at www.compass.state.pa.us, and can be obtained at local county assistance offices, which can be found at www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/CAO-locations.aspx.