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LIHEAP Crisis Grant Applications Available

January 14, 2014-Howard Ondick
PHILADELPHIA- No doubt the recent frigid weather that gripped Pennsylvania is taking its toll on many home heating systems. That’s why a Philadelphia lawmaker is reminding low income residents that if their furnace breaks down…there’s a state-operated program available to help them pay for repairs.

Our speaker is Senator Shirley Kitchen of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health & Public Welfare Committee.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, crisis grants are now available to provide emergency home heating support to those struggling to heat their home this winter.

LIHEAP crisis grants address heating emergencies such as broken heating equipment or lack of fuel. The amount of the crisis grant cannot exceed the amount necessary to resolve the crisis situation. The minimum amount is $25 and the maximum is $500. Customers can receive more than one crisis grant per season, but it must be applied to different vendors.

For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit the Department of Public Welfare's website at www.dpw.state.pa.us and click on "For Adults."

DPW says the easiest way for people to apply for a crisis grant is by going online at www.compass.state.pa.us. They can also apply by calling toll-free 1-866-857-7095 or calling their county assistance office.

Allegheny County residents can apply for LIHEAP crisis grants at the new crisis grant office location, 914 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, or call toll-free at 1-800-622-3527.

So far this winter season, DPW has received 32,135 crisis grant applications and has approved 31,389 grants totaling $10,204,601. The application deadline is April 4th. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DPW has received a little more than $175.6 million from the federal government to operate its LIHEAP cash grant (help paying home heating bills) and crisis grant (help paying for furnace repairs or new equipment) programs this winter season.

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