LIHEAP Crisis Grants Available, Says Sonney
1/2/2013
HARRISBURG - The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now offering crisis grants to provide emergency home heating support to Pennsylvanians who are struggling to heat their home this winter, according to state Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Erie).

“Anyone who has already received a cash grant through phase one of LIHEAP and now find themselves in a heating emergency can simply call their local county assistance office to request the crisis grant,” Sonney said.

LIHEAP is a grant program administrated by the Department of Public Welfare which helps low-income families pay their heating bills. Eligibility for the program is not dependent on recipients being on public assistance or having an unpaid heating bill, and is available to both renters and homeowners.

Emergency situations that would qualify as eligibility for a crisis grant include: 

        • Broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced. 
        • Lack of fuel. 
        • Termination of utility service. 
        • Danger of being without fuel (less than a 15-day supply) or of having utility service 
            terminated (received a notice that service will be shut off within the next 60 
            days).

Anyone who has not received a cash grant and needs to apply can do so through Sonney’s website, www.RepSonney.com, or by contacting the Erie County Assistance Office, 1316 Holland St, Erie. Their telephone numbers are (814) 461-2000 or 1-800-635-1014.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Scott Little
717.260.6137
slittle@pahousegop.com
www.RepSonney.com
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