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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