Thursday is the last day to apply for heating assistance

Greg Gross

Thursday is the last day people can apply to enroll in the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP.

The program provides funds to low-income households to help cover heating costs, and for the 2016 federal fiscal year, Pennsylvania received $191.2 million in funding.

That's down from the more than $204 million allotted to the state the previous fiscal year.

Nonetheless, funding is still available, and people who believe they qualify for assistance are being encouraged by the state Department of Human Services to apply.

Who can apply: According to the department's website, a one-person household would need to make less than $17,655 to be eligible for the program. The eligibility line rises by $6,240 for each additional household member.

Approximately 1.6 million households in Pennsylvania are eligible, but fewer than 25 percent of those households were served during 2014.

About 400,000 households in the state received funding to stay warm this past winter, according to a news release from the Department of Human Services.

There are three ways to apply for assistance. To apply online, go to and fill out an application or print out an application and return it to the York County Assistance Office, 130 N. Duke St. in York City. Or go to the office for a paper application to fill out.

Applications must be submitted by midnight Thursday. For more information, go to

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