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LIHEAP Crisis Program office opens


January 12, 2010

 The Pennsylvania Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened its crisis centers on January 4, with a tentative closing date of March 15. The program may be extended or shortened depending upon the availability of federal funds.

During the cold weather season, LIHEAP Crisis provides assistance to low-income households that are experiencing heating emergencies, such as service terminations, lack of deliverable fuel – heating oil, propane and kerosene – and heating system and fuel line repairs and replacements.

In order to qualify for the LIHEAP Crisis Program, an applicant must have an emergency situation and have a household income at or less than 150 percent of the federal poverty income level. For a family of two, this is an annual income no greater than $21,855.

The applicant must also provide a letter from the utility company stating that the utility has been shut off, proof of social security numbers for all household members and proof of gross income for a minimum of the last 90 days (more in some situations) for all household members.

To apply in person for the LIHEAP Crisis Program, applicants should go to the Human Services Building, One Smithfield Street - First Floor, Downtown.

For more information about the LIHEAP Crisis Program, call the Allegheny County Department of Human Services toll free at 1-800-851-3838 or visit the Utility Assistance page on the DHS web site: http://www.alleghenycounty. us/dhs/utility.aspx.


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