Krueger-Braneky encourages constituents to look into home heating aid program

SWARTHMORE, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, is encouraging residents of the 161st Legislative District to look into Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which began accepting applications today.

LIHEAP provides grants to eligible individuals and families to help them with their winter heating bills. Funded by the federal government, eligibility is based on family income. Applicants do not have to be on welfare to receive this help, nor will any lien be placed on a person's property if he or she receives this assistance.

"Winter always comes with increased costs in the form of heating bills, and for some families who live on an extremely tight budget the extra bill can be too much to handle," Krueger-Braneky said. "If you or someone you know struggles with home heating costs each winter, please look into LIHEAP and contact my office with questions or for help applying."

LIHEAP offers two types of assistance: cash grants for help with home heating bills and crisis grants for emergency situations such as a broken furnace or unexpected fuel shortage.

Eligibility is based on household size and income:

Household Size              

Maximum Income

1
2
3
4

5

6

7

$17,820
$24,030
$30,240
$36,450

$42,660

$48,870

$55,095

For each additional family member over seven, the maximum income limit increases by $6,240.

Krueger-Braneky said constituents can visit www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/ for information or contact her office at (610) 534-6880.