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Deadline for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Extended

Funding is still available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), so the federal program’s deadline has been extended to April 26.

According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, LIHEAP provides financial assistance each year to low-income Pennsylvania families that meet its criteria. Families can use those funds to pay heating bills through a crisis exception program and a regular crisis program.

According to the Department of Public Welfare, the crisis exception program provides money if a heat source has been shut off or if a household is almost out of fuel. The regular crisis program provides funds in an emergency situation, such as lack of fuel, termination of utility service, danger of being without fuel and having a less than 15-day supply, having utility service being shut off within a 60-day time frame, and broken heating equipment or leaking lines.

To apply for LIHEAP, visit www.compass.state.pa.us or a county assistance office or local utility company.