HARRISBURG – Today is the start of the annual Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP application process for the 2022-23 season. LIHEAP is a federally funded program that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians with low incomes can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for renters and homeowners. The LIHEAP application period for both cash and crisis grants is open from today through April 28, 2023. LIHEAP is distributed directly to a household’s utility company or home heating fuel provider in the form of a grant, so households do not have to repay assistance. The minimum LIHEAP cash grant is $300 and the maximum is $1,000. During the 2021-22 LIHEAP season, over 329,000 households statewide received benefits. Pennsylvanians can apply for LIHEAP and other public assistance programs online at compass.state.pa.us or by phone at 1-866-550-4355.