LIHEAP Crisis Grants Expanded to Include Consumers with Utility Termination Notices Dated February 1, 2012 or Later

Contacts:Elaine Plunkett, Human Services
412-350-6897 office
 Nakia Beasley, Human Services
412-350-9321 office

PITTSBURGH — The Allegheny County Department of Human Services today announced that Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis grants are now available for income eligible utility customers who have termination notices with a mailed date of February 1, 2012 or later. Additionally, households that already received a crisis payment for program year 2011-2012may be eligible to receive a second crisis payment, which must in most cases be applied to a second utility vendor and is subject to the maximum and minimum crisis amounts. In total, the maximum LIHEAP Crisis grant may not exceed $300, and the minimum grant cannot be issued for less than $25.

During the cold weather season, LIHEAP Crisis provides assistance to low-income households that are experiencing heating emergencies, such as no heat; lack of deliverable fuel – heating oil, propane and kerosene; term notices when applicable; and heating system and fuel line repairs and replacements.

In order to qualify for LIHEAP Crisis, an applicant must have an emergency situation and have a household income at or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For a family of two, this is an annual income no greater than $22,065.

The applicant must also provide proof of their heating emergency, such as a letter from the utility company stating that the utility has been shut off, proof of social security numbers for all household members and proof of gross income for a minimum of the last 90 days (more in some situations) for all household members 18 and older. Proof of the last 30 days is required for fixed income clients, such as Social Security or Cash Assistance recipients.

The LIHEAP Crisis program centers opened on January 3, 2012, with a tentative closing date of March 31, 2012. The program may be extended or shortened depending upon the availability of federal funds. To apply in person for the LIHEAP Crisis Program, applicants should go to one of the following locations: 

Downtown Pittsburgh

Human Services Building
One Smithfield Street - First Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Natrona Heights

Allegheny Valley Association of Churches
1913 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065 
Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the LIHEAP Crisis Program, call the Allegheny County Department of Human Services TOLL FREE at 1-800-851-3838or visit the Utility Assistance page on the DHS web site:www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/utility.aspx.

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