Home Energy Assistance Program The Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offers financial help to households suffering from heating crises. This federal program helps such low-income households to pay their heating bills. LIHEAP offers assistance through cash, which is paid directly to utility company. Those looking to receive this assistance don't need to show any unpaid bills. Households not receiving any welfare services can also receive cash aid through LIHEAP if they meet program criteria.