LIHEAP ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing ac­cepted

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - For the News-her­ald

El­i­gi­ble Penn­syl­va­nia res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for the Low­In­come Home En­ergy As­sis­tance Pro­gram (LIHEAP), state Rep. Paul Cly­mer, R-145, said.

LIHEAP helps low­in­come 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 fixHd Rr rHSODFHd, ODFN 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.

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Wel­fare has sent all LIHEAP clients who ap­plied on­line last year a post­card notice en­cour­ag­ing them to reap- ply on­line. In the past, the depart­ment sent only pa­per ap­pli­ca­tions to all prospec­tive clients, even if those in­di­vid­u­als ap­plied on­line the pre­vi­ous year. Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents of LIHEAP had the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply prior to the LIHEAP pro­gram open­ing date of Nov. 1.

Prior ap­pli­cants who did not ap­ply on­line last year are still be­ing mailed pa­per ap­pli­ca­tions.

By way of the new post­card, clients are pro­vided with a pre-reg­is­tra­tion num­ber giv­ing them ac­cess to an on­line ap- pli­ca­tion that has al­ready EHHn fiOOHd RuW usLnJ ODsW year’s data. Clients sim­ply have to en­sure on­line in­for­ma­tion is cor­rect and up­date any­thing that may have changed, such as an ad­dress.

All on­line ap­pli­ca­tions are sent straight to the FRunWy RI­fiFH WR dHWHr­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity, thereby elim­i­nat­ing mail and hand pro­cess­ing time.

New ap­pli­cants could be­gin ap­ply­ing for the pro­gram Nov. 1.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply on­line, visit PaulC­ly­mer.com.

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