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LIHEAP crisis grants available January 2

Written by Matt Paul and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 26, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Crisis grants will soon be available to help low-income Pennsylvanians heat their homes this winter.

The crisis grant component of the state's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program -- or LIHEAP -- begins January second. Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman Kait Gillis says crisis grants are designed to help needy Pennsylvanians address heating emergencies.

"If an individual is on the brink of having their utility service terminated, or they have broken heating equipment, a lack of fuel or danger of being without fuel," she says, "they can apply for this."

Gillis says the grants range from $25 to $500. Consumers can receive more than one crisis grant in a season, but each must be applied to a different vendor, and the amount of the grant cannot exceed what's necessary to resolve the heating emergency.

LIHEAP applications are available online.

The Public Utility Commission's annual Cold Weather Survey indicates that more than 19,600 Pennsylvania households entered the winter season without heat-related utility service. That's up from 16,000 at this time last year.

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