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HERMITAGE Applications available for heating bills program



Published: Sun, February 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Applications for this year's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program are available at the Mercer County Assistance Office of the Department of Public Welfare, Mark Wasser announced.

LIHEAP is a federal program that helps low-income residents pay their heating bills. Eligible households can receive assistance through a direct payment to vendors who supply their fuel, or through a crisis component during weather-related emergencies, such as a broken furnace, leaking pipes or terminated utility service, officials said. Homeowners, renters, including those whose rent includes heat, roomers and subsidized housing tenants may be eligible. Any type of fuel may be used.

To be eligible for the program, household income cannot exceed: For one-person, $11,597; two persons, $15,674; three $19,751; four, $23,828; five, $27,905; six, $31,982. For larger households, the guidelines increase by $4,077 for each additional person.

Last year, 4,055 Mercer County households received $1,061,432 in basic LIHEAP cash grants to offset heating bills. Crisis grants totaling $471,539 were given to 1,819 households with heating emergencies.

Help for families with a heating emergencies is available 24 hours a day by contacting Mercer CAO at (724) 983-5172.




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