Utilities

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program


Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region.

Crisis Grants


Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

Eligibility Requirements


For complete eligibility requirements and additional information on LIHEAP, visit the LIHEAP Home Heating Assistance page on the Pennsylvania State website.
  

Applications


Applications may be obtained by contacting the Allegheny County Assistance Office at 412-565-2146 or LIHEAP at 412-562-0330. Applications are also available from local utility companies and community service agencies such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.

Property Tax / Rent Rebate Applications


Applications for the state’s property tax / rent rebate program are now available through our State Representative's district office and online.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid the prior year. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.


Income Limits


Eligibility income limits for homeowners are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:
  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (Homeowners and Renters)
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (Homeowners and Renters)
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (Homeowners Only)
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (Homeowners Only)
Local residents are reminded to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

The Property Tax / Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $6.9 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.