Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to Open on Nov. 2
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Crisis program will open Jan. 4, 2010 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, will accept applications for cash grants starting Nov. 2, Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman today reminded Pennsylvanians. LIHEAP provides cash grants to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel. A crisis grant component to address heating emergencies will open Jan. 4, 2010. "As many Pennsylvanians continue to struggle as a result of the economic downturn, the opening of the LIHEAP program will bring relief when families need it the most," said Secretary Richman. "We encourage families to learn about the program so they can stay warm and safe throughout the coldest months of the year." During the 2008-09 LIHEAP season, approximately 547,000 families were helped through cash grants and more than 202,000 families received crisis assistance. Cash grants are based on income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided to resolve heating emergencies or unexpected fuel shortages. In addition to proof of income, residency, citizenship, birth dates and Social Security Numbers for all household members, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel that they use. When the program opens, applications will be available at county assistance offices, local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies. Applications for LIHEAP cash grants will also be available online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Applicants may also call 1-866-857-7095. Residents of the counties listed below should contact the agencies that operate the crisis component in their areas: -- Allegheny - Allegheny County Department of Human Services, (800) 851-3838; -- Carbon - Carbon County Action Committee, (610) 377-6400; -- Centre - Central PA Community Action Agency, (814) 765-1551 or Millheim Family Service Center, (814) 349-5850 or (800) 822-2610; -- Lackawanna - Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, (570) 963-6836; -- Lancaster - Community Action Program of Lancaster County, (800) 732-0018; -- Luzerne - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Luzerne County, (800) 822-0359; -- Wyoming - Commission on Economic Opportunity of Wyoming Co., (570) 836-4090 To ensure they have the resources to heat their homes the entire winter, LIHEAP consumers are urged to keep their thermostats at 65 degrees - unless they have young children or older adults living in the home. Visit www.turnsealsave.org to learn about available assistance programs, energy conservation and home weatherization tips. Media contact: Stacey Witalec, 717-787-4592 Editor's Note: Household sizes and income limits for LIHEAP's 2009-10 season are listed below. 1 -- $16,245 2 -- $21,855 3 -- $27,465 4 -- $33,075 5 -- $38,685 6 -- $44,295 7 -- $49,905 8 -- $55,515 (For each additional person add $5,610). SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Stacey Witalec of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, +1-717-787-4592
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