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Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications

Today applications will begin to be accepted for LIHEAP, the federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program of the state Department of Welfare. The program offers grants to low-income families to help pay for heating bills. The grants do not have to be repaid.

According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, Georgene Fedoriska, executive director at the Schuylkill County Office of Senior Services, is quoted in the article as saying, “We encourage anyone eligible for the program to look into it, especially with the price of heating oil and the economy right now. Every little bit helps.”

Residents who either rent or own their home may qualify. They do not have to be on public assistance or have unpaid heating bills. The grants are sent directly to the utility company or fuel provider and are credited on the resident’s bill.

The LIHEAP crisis program is an additional program that assists households without heat. The crisis grant helps those in heating emergencies, such as a main heating source having been shut off or an unexpected fuel shortage. The LIHEAP crisis program opens on Jan. 2.

Residents ca apply for LIHEAP online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Applications can be requested by calling the Statewide LIHEAP Hotline at 866-857-7095 or TDD for the hearing impaired at 800-451-5886. Applications are also avaiable at The Schuylkill County Area Agency on Aging. The Agency on Aging can be reached at 570-622-3103