There's now even more time for Pennsylvanians to get help with paying their home heating bills.

Residents now have through April 26 to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Pennsylvania governor's office announced Friday.

The federally funded program helps low-income families pay their heating bills.

The original deadline was March 29, but there is still enough money to go around, said state Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Anne Bale.

"There is still a need for the program, and there is enough money for it to continue," she said.

She said the department budgeted the program last summer, and the extension was possible since it was an average year for weather and the money is in place. Application numbers are fairly consistent with last year's.

LIHEAP comes in the form of a cash grant, sent directly to the utility company, or a crisis grant for emergency situations.

Applications for the program are processed within 30 days, and after an application is approved, payment is sent out about two weeks later to heating providers. Applications in emergency cases are handled within 48 hours to restore service.

Residents seeking financial help through LIHEAP can submit applications online at www.compass.state.pa.us.