Harrisburg – Nov. 5, 2018 –State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) reminds residents that home heating assistance is available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“We have started to experience cold weather in the area as the winter months approach,” Brewster said. “LIHEAP is a lifeline for families who are struggling to afford home heating costs.”

The application process for LIHEAP began on November 1, 2018 and will end April 12, 2019.

Brewster said residents who can benefit from the program should apply now, before the start of winter.   He said that his office staff can help residents determine if they are income-eligible for assistance.

“I encourage those who are eligible to apply sooner, rather than later, to ensure their homes will be heated through the winter season.”

Brewster said that staff in his district offices in Monroeville, McKeesport and New Kensington are available to assist residents with the application process and answer any questions they may have regarding the program.

More than 300,000 households statewide received home heating assistance through LIHEAP in the 2017-2018 season.

Information on the program and the guidelines to apply are available through the Department of Human Services at http://www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/heatingassistanceliheap/index.htm.