October 16

Wolf Administration Strongly Opposes Eliminating Federal Home Heating Program

first_imgWarren1,268 Delaware10,536 Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf expressed his strong opposition to President Trump’s budget proposal and the elimination of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The President’s proposed budget would eliminate critical funding for services to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable citizens.“The proposal to eliminate the LIHEAP program is cruel and will put many Pennsylvanians at risk,” said Governor Wolf. “I vehemently oppose a federal budget cut to a program that helps keep our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians warm in the harsh winter months.”LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep approximately 345,000 citizens including the elderly, children, and individuals living with a disability warm and safe during the winter months. The program is available to both renters and homeowners. The support comes in the form of a grant, so the individual does not have to repay assistance, and goes directly to their utility company or home heating fuel provider.The Department of Human Services received approximately $185.5 million in federal funding for the 2016-17 LIHEAP season.“The department’s hope is that the federal proposal is solely an ill-advised negotiating tactic, not a serious proposal.” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas.During the 2015-16 LIHEAP season, 345,246 households received cash benefits and 89,735 households received crisis benefits statewide totaling $159.5 million in assistance. These households each received an average of $462.The chart below gives a county breakdown of the number of households participating in LIHEAP. Juniata769 Susquehanna1,202 Crawford3,563 Chester3,876 Beaver5,355 Elk854 Jefferson1,674 Dauphin5,493 Potter667 Union936 Butler4,084 Venango2,390 Blair5,878 March 21, 2017 Fayette9,195 Tioga1,317 York7,799 Clarion1,336 Pike1,078 Lycoming4,051 Luzerne12,258 Westmoreland11,329 Clearfield4,367 Armstrong2,691 Franklin3,140 Erie11,155 Mifflin2,198 Washington5,179 Cameron285 Fulton666 Allegheny30,953 Adams1,642 Indiana3,025 Somerset3,748 Cambria6,814 Northumberland3,676 For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. Snyder962 Lebanon2,714 Bedford2,497 Berks7,807 Sullivan249 McKean1,626 Mercer4,424 Carbon2,308 Monroe3,801 Schuylkill5,940 Bradford2,045 Montour450 Forest247 Perry1,060 Philadelphia74,933 Centre2,129 Lawrence4,210 County# of Housholds Lancaster6,818 Wyoming902 Lehigh7,150 Huntingdon2,051 Greene1,662 Bucks5,278 Clinton1,418 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Cumberland3,156 Wolf Administration Strongly Opposes Eliminating Federal Home Heating Program Columbia2,308 Montgomery7,249 Northampton4,815 Wayne1,607 Lackawanna6,989last_img read more