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Brewster, HSCC and YWCA to Spur Sign Ups for Heating Assistance
On November 6, 2015
Harrisburg – Nov. 6, 2015 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is teaming up with the Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC) and the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh to spur participation in a valuable program that helps individuals and families lower home heating costs.
Representatives of Brewster’s office and the YWCA will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 12, at the HSCC offices, 519 Penn Ave., Turtle Creek, to help individuals and families sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.
“Helping individuals and families cut their energy costs is the goal of the program,” Brewster said. “By partnering with the Human Services Center and the YWCA we can reach more families, help them pay high heating bills and help them stay warm.”
LIHEAP offers two types of assistance for those who are income eligible: a cash grant that is sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households who are immediate danger of losing heat.
The senator said individuals and families qualify for assistance based on income. For example, a family of four that earns up to $36,375 is eligible for help under the program. Income limits vary so it’s important for individuals or families to contact his office or come to the event on Thursday, he said.
Brewster said individuals should bring their most recent heating bill or shut-off notice, proof of household income and the social security numbers for all who live in the household.
Applications for LIHEAP will be accepted now through April 1. Those who are interested in help on Nov. 12 should call HSCC at 412-829-7112 to make an appointment.
Contact: Tim Joyce