2011-11-03 / Local & State

PA’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opens November 1

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) announced Tuesday that Pennsylvania’s Low- Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began accepting applications for cash grants Nov. 1. Crisis grants also are now available.

“The fall season has started out cold and winter is soon to follow, so I am pleased that this program is getting under way,” said Hess. “I encourage eligible residents to get the application process going as soon as possible.”

Hess said LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

“This program is an example of good government in action where residents can be helped in a difficult time.” said Hess.

Applications will be available at the Bedford County Assistance Office at 105 North St, Bedford, (814) 624- 4072; the Fulton County Assistance Office at 539 Fulton Drive, McConnellsburg, (800) 222-8563; or the Huntingdon County Assistance Office at 7591 Lake Raystown Shopping Center, Huntingdon, telephone (814) 643-4098. Applications are also available from local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.

Income eligibility for cash grants begins at $33,525 for a family of four.

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

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