Herrin: Heating Assistance Available for Local Residents

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WEST CHESTER, PA — State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, in celebration of National Energy Assistance Day on Feb. 1, is reminding constituents that increased funding is available to assist those in lower-income households with heating costs through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

“No person should have to go without heat this winter, and thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the American Rescue Plan signed by President Biden, additional assistance will be available to our community,” Herrin said. “I urge anyone who is facing difficulty paying heating bills to use this excellent resource.”

LIHEAP is a one-time cash grant paid directly to the utility company or fuel provider as an account credit. Grant amounts are based on household size, income, and fuel type.

Minimum grant amounts will be raised from $200 to $500, and maximum grant amounts will be bumped from $1,000 to $1,500. In January, the Biden administration announced $100 million in funding for the LIHEAP program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal signed last year. This comes on top of $8 billion in funding as part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed in March 2021.

Chester County residents can apply for LIHEAP online at www.compass.state.pa.us or call the Chester County Assistance Office at 610-466-1042 to receive a paper application.

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