Harrisburg – April 2, 2015 – The deadline to apply for help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program has been extended to May 1, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland.)

“The home heating program is valuable and useful and I am pleased that the deadline to apply has been extended,” Brewster said. “The program helps those in need handle their home heating bills.”

Residents of Pennsylvania have to income-qualify to receive help. For example, to be eligible a family of four must have income of $35,775 or below. Additional funding is available for crisis situations.

The program deadline was originally set for Friday, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration decided to extend the federally-funded program due to the severity of the winter, Brewster said.

Individuals can determine their income eligibility and learn more about the program by contacting the local assistance office or by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday or through www.dhs.state.pa.us/foradults/heatingassistanceliheap

Brewster said that his district office staff is prepared to help local residents fill out the applications. His offices are located in McKeesport, Monroeville and New Kensington. Contact information for the offices is available at www.senatorbrewster.com

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Joyce
Phone: 412 380-2242
Email: tjoyce@pasenate.com

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