Federal efficiency grant launches for US’ poorest city


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