2010-01-14 / Local & State

LIHEAP Deadline April 2

Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended until April 2, Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford / Fulton / Huntingdon) announced this week.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and helps income-eligible households pay for heat during the winter months.

“With how cold this winter has been so far, I am grateful this program has been extended for those who are in need of assistance,”

DPW anticipates helping approximately 600,000 families with cash grants during the 2009-10 program year.

Applications are available at the Bedford County Assistance Office at 105 North Street, Bedford, telephone 1-800-542-8584; the Fulton County Assistance Office at 539 Fulton Drive, Mc- Connellsburg, telephone 1-800- 222-8563; or the Huntingdon County Assistance Office at 7591 Lake Raystown Shopping Center, Huntingdon, telephone 1- 800-237-7674. Applications are also available from local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies. LIHEAP cash grant applications are available online at compass.state.pa.us.

“The current economic conditions combined with the cost of heating are making it nearly impossible for many citizens to afford; so, I encourage those who believe they qualify to apply for assistance,” Hess said.

For complete eligibility requirements and additional information on LIHEAP, visit Hess’ Web site at DickHess.com and click on “LIHEAP Information.”

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