Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to Open Today, Says Cutler
11/1/2011

HARRISBURG – Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) announced that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now accepting applications for cash grants and crisis grants.

 

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 Lancaster County Assistance Office and 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.

 

Cutler noted he is working to reform the approval process for LIHEAP funds to thwart the fraud and abuse that Auditor General Jack Wagner has identified in the program.

 

“Our society has safety net programs, like LIHEAP, to help those individuals and families that have fallen on hard times,” said Cutler.  “To ensure that LIHEAP and programs like it continue to be available for people in need, we must work to address the fraud and waste that have become so prevalent.  Those who wrongfully abuse the compassion of social welfare programs, need to be punished.  I urge citizens who have information about suspected welfare fraud to report it to the proper authorities.”

 


Cases of suspected welfare fraud can be reported online at OIG.state.pa.us, through the “Report Welfare Fraud” link,
or by calling the Welfare Fraud Tipline toll free at (800) 932-0582.

 


For complete eligibility requirements and additional information about LIHEAP, visit Cutler’s website at RepCutler.com and click on “LIHEAP Information.”  Cutler also posts information about his legislative priorities at Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.


State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063

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