US municipal utility Philadelphia Gas Works has announced the availability of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programme (LIHEAP) for its customers.
LIHEAP is a federal grant that helps low-income households pay their winter heating bills.
Grants of between $200 and $1,000 will be provided for customers depending on their income and household size.
Customers will not repay the grants.
A total of 150,000 households within the utility’s service territory will have access to the grant.
The grant follows Philadephia being ranked the poorest city in the US where approximately 85% of households use natural gas for heating.
Barry O’Sullivan, director of corporate communications at PGW, said: “It’s a free grant, and it can mean not having to choose between warmth and other basic needs. However, LIHEAP funds are limited. Grants are given on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so we are urging people to apply now, before cold weather hits. And with our texting service it’s easy, fast and hassle-free: just text FAST to 75308.”
To apply, customers can:
- Text FAST to 75308.
- Call (215) 235-1000 and ask to have an application mailed to them.
- Visit one of PGW’s six Customer Service Centers.
- Print an application (in English or Spanish) from pgworks.com/liheap