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LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)

Aside from offering its own assistance programs, Columbia Gas serves as a link to federal funds that provide financial help to cover residential heating costs. The funds are available between November 1, 2018 and April 12, 2019 and are distributed as energy grants. Guidelines change with each new heating season and focus primarily on household size and income level. Columbia Gas has current information on eligibility and program details. Call the LIHEAP Hotline at 1-800-272-2714.

Heating Season 2018-2019 Income Guidelines (150 percent of poverty level)

 Household Size  Maximum Income
 1  $18,210
 2  $24,690
 3  $31,170
 4  $37,650
 5  $44,130
 6  $50,610
 7  $57,090
 8  $63,570

For households with more than eight members, add $6,480 for each additional person.

Download an application. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download a LIHEAP application. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, go to the Adobe website and follow the on-screen instructions to install the free software.

Be sure to apply in the county in which you live. For a listing of County Assistance Office telephone numbers, or to learn more about LIHEAP, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website.

Additionally, you can apply for the LIHEAP benefits online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for LIHEAP and other health and human service programs.