DiGirolamo Says Home Heating Assistance Program to Begin Accepting Applications
HARRISBURG – Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) alerts local residents struggling to pay home-heating costs this winter that applications for Pennsylvania’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will be available starting Nov. 5.
LIHEAP, which is funded by the federal government and administered by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW), helps low-income households pay their heating bills and provides assistance to individuals in danger of losing heat due to emergency situations.
Income eligibility for the 2007-08 LIHEAP season will remain at 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. These guidelines were updated and published on Jan. 24, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This year, a family of four with an annual income of up to $30,975 can qualify for LIHEAP. The more generous income limits mean than an additional 67,000 Pennsylvania families will be eligible than at the 135 percent level.
People do not need to have unpaid bills in order to receive energy assistance, and they can receive this assistance without being on welfare.
If a person is eligible for LIHEAP, a payment will be sent directly to the utility or fuel dealer, and the payment credited to the person’s bill. Additional money is available to individuals if they have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing their heat. Grants are based on family size, income, type of heating fuel and heating regions.
To apply for LIHEAP, call or visit the Bucks County Assistance Office in Bristol to set up an appointment. Residents should be sure to apply in their home counties, and are reminded they need the following to obtain assistance:
  • Names of people in the household.
  • Dates of birth for people in the household.
  • Social Security numbers for all household members.
  • Proof of income for members of the household.
  • A copy of a recent heating bill.
Approximately 30 days following the date an application for energy assistance has been received, the applicant will receive a written notice explaining their eligibility and what level of assistance they should expect to receive.

For more information, contact the Bucks County Assistance Office in Bristol at 1214 New Rodgers Rd., or by calling (215) 781-3393, 800-616-6481. Residents may also call the toll-free LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 800-451-5886). Internet users can access additional information by visiting DiGirolamo’s Web site at www.GeneDiGirolamo.com .


Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
18th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 750-1017
(717) 783-7319
Contact: Jennifer Algoe Keaton
(717) 705-2094
Member site: GeneDigirolamo.com
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com