For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. - Dramatic increases in the funding level for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) should help thousands of struggling families across the Delmarva Peninsula pay their heating bills this winter.
LIHEAP is a block grant program which assists low-income households - both homeowners and renters - with their energy bills. The application period is through March 31, 2009.
For fiscal year 2009, the LIHEAP funding in Delaware has increased to $18.7 million; it has increased to $109.1 million in Maryland, according to the National Energy Directors Association. These funding levels represent a significant increase over previous years. The average grant will increase from $355 to $550.
Delmarva Power delivers electricity and natural gas to more than 500,000 residential customers in Delaware and Maryland.
"Given the economic uncertainties that so many are facing, it is more important than ever for eligible Delaware and Maryland residents to know that financial help is available," said Delmarva Power Region President Gary Stockbridge.
Delmarva Power is partnering with community-based organizations and social service agencies throughout Delaware and Maryland to ensure that their low-income and at-risk customers are made aware of the federal dollars available to help them with their utility bills.
Below are the program details and contact information for the respective states:
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) assists low-income households that need help in meeting the cost of home energy used for heating and cooling their homes. The Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) administers this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc.
For more information and to apply , visit or call Catholic Charities at:
New Castle County Phone : 302-654-9295
Kent County Phone : 302-674-1782
Additional information can be found online at www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/liheap.html
The Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs administers the LIHEAP program in Maryland, called the Maryland Energy Assistance Program. Primarily, it helps low-income residents pay their heating bills. Maryland residents can apply at local administering agencies or online at www.marylandsail.org.
For general questions pertaining to LIHEAP assistance in Maryland, call 1-800-332-6347. The contact information for local administering agencies in Delmarva Power's service territory is:
Caroline County Dept. of Social ServicesPhone: (410) 819-4500
Cecil County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 996-0270Dorchester County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 901-4100Harford County Community Action Agency, Inc.Phone: (410) 638-3240
Kent County Dept. of Social Services Phone: 410-810-7716
Queen Anne's County Dept. of Social Services Phone: (410) 758-8000
Shore Up! Inc. for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester countiesPhone: (410) 749-1142
Talbot County Neighborhood Service Center Phone: (410) 822-5015
Additional information can be found online at www.dhr.state.md.us/meap.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to nearly 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .