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To help customers deal with tough economic conditions, the deadline to apply for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to April 26. With only about $40 million remaining to help Pennsylvania’s low-income utility customers pay their bills, PECO customers must apply now before money runs out.
LIHEAP is a federal grant program that provides assistance to individuals or families struggling to pay their electric, natural gas or other energy bills. Homeowners, renters, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. The cash program provides up to $1,000 in assistance. The LIHEAP Crisis Program provides up to $400 in additional help for emergencies, including preventing utility service from being shut off and reinstating service that has been shut off.
“LIHEAP funding can help struggling families deal with heating bills in this tough economic period,” said Patricia King, PECO manager of Universal Services, the department that oversees low-income assistance programs for the company. “It’s important people know that help is available, and that they need to take advantage of it now.”
To get more information or apply for LIHEAP, customers should call PECO’s LIHEAP hotline at 1-800-34-HELP-4, visit
www.peco.com/LIHEAP, or visit PECO's Main Office Building at 2301 Market Street in Philadelphia.
Grants are based on household size and income, type of fuel used and county of residence – and a family of four with an annual household income of $34,575 can qualify for help. To be eligible, annual household income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines, or:
$16,755 one-person household
$22,695 two-person household
$28,635 three-person household
$34,575 four-person household
$40,515 five-person household
$46,455 six-person household
$52,395 seven-person household
$58,335 eight-person household
For larger households, the guidelines increase by $5,940 for each additional person.