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By Lacey Gardner

Heating Assistance Program Now Open, Causer Says

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Potter, Cameron, McKean County residents are eligible

HARRISBURG – Residents who struggle with their home heating bills can now apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) announced today.

“Colder temperatures have arrived in much of Pennsylvania and certainly here in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties,” Causer said. “If you’re struggling to pay your heating bills or at risk of losing heat, you may be eligible for assistance.”

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $21,870 and for a family of four it is $45,000.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online at www.compass.state.pa.us, by phone at 1-866-550-4355 or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence:

  • Cameron County: 1-877-315-0389.
  • McKean County: 1-800-822-1108.
  • Potter County: 1-800-446-9896.

Additional information is available at www.DHS.pa.gov. The program runs through April 5, 2024.

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