Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now open, says Baker

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) announced recently that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) began accepting applications for cash grants Nov. 1. Crisis grants will be available on Jan. 3, 2011.

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.

Applications will be available at the Bradford County Assistance Office at 1 Progress Plaza in Towanda, telephone 1-800-542-3938, and the Tioga County Assistance Office at 11809 Route 6 in Wellsboro, telephone 570-724-4051. 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 $35,280 for a family of four.

For complete eligibility requirements and additional information on LIHEAP, visit Baker’s website at www.RepBaker.com and click on “LIHEAP Information.”

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