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State program that helps with heating bills accepting applications starting Thursday

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Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2018-2019 winter season will be accepted starting Thursday.

Also known as LIHEAP , the program provides assistance to people who struggle to pay heating bills during the winter. Assistance is available to renters and homeowners, and benefits are paid directly to the utility company. Applications for 2018-2019 will be accepted through April 12, 2019.

Eligibility for LIHEAP currently is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines, which, for an individual, is $18,210 and, for a family of four, is $37,650.

During the 2017-18 winter , 344,008 households statewide received nearly $116 million in LIHEAP cash benefits. These households received an average season benefit of $337.

Online applications for LIHEAP can be completed at . Paper applications are available through local county assistance offices , or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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