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November 20, 2016

Pennsylvania reminds low-income residents they can get help with heating bills

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080115_COLD _Carroll-7.jpg Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

Bitter cold hits the Philadelphia region this week.

For Pennsylvanians who are afraid they might not be able to afford heating their homes this winter, the state wants you to know it may be able to help.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said Thursday that low-income residents should be aware of the state's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial support to pay utilities for those who fall into certain income brackets.

Both renters and homeowners can apply. The money goes right to the utility company or heating provider and does not need to be repaid. For a one-person household, the maximum income needed to apply is $17,820, and an additional $6,240 in income is allowed per person in the household.

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services/Source

Infographic showing income brackets that are eligible to apply for Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Applications opened for the program on Nov. 1 and will remain open through March 31.

Here are some links for those interested in applying:

• LIHEAP Application

• LIHEAP application with PECO address already filled out

• Info on using LIHEAP through PECO

• Info on using LIHEAP through PGW

• Additional LIHEAP info