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May 20, 1994 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Advocates of a home-heating program for the poor say the Casey administration is putting the program at risk by refusing to spend money allocated for it by Congress. "They are making the argument for the feds to cut the program," said Edward F. Lynch Jr., referring to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Lynch is director of Philadelphia's Utility Emergency Services Fund, a non- profit group that helps the needy pay bills. He's not alone in fearing for LIHEAP's future.
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January 15, 2009 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
With frigid conditions gripping the state, an unlikely group of community activists and advocates for utilities gathered in the Capitol yesterday to push for more - and more consistent - funding for the state's heating assistance program for the poor. The groups, including the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania and the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, outlined how rising heating and cooling costs affect low-income residents. They also made a series of recommendations to improve the state's energy-assistance program, known as LIHEAP.
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April 8, 2008 | By Patrick Kerkstra INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Rendell's decision to suspend an energy assistance grant program for low-income households was assailed yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, two City Council members, and leading Philadelphia clergy. Pennsylvania received $180 million in federal funding over the winter for the program, known as LIHEAP, but the state Department of Public Welfare stopped issuing grants on March 21 even though it still had about $13 million in the program. An estimated 62,000 Pennsylvania households, including about 37,000 in Philadelphia, are affected.
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January 9, 2015 | By Chris Brennan
  DOUG OLIVER   'S role as the face of PGW in a television commercial has turned up the heat on his impending candidacy for mayor. PGW's board members held an impromptu discussion yesterday about Oliver's future with the utility after City Councilman Jim Kenney , who is still mulling a run for mayor, complained about the commercial giving Oliver an unfair political advantage by raising his name recognition in the city. Oliver, after launching a mayoral exploratory committee in November, this week said he will resign from PGW at the end of this month and formally declare his candidacy in February.
NEWS
March 26, 2008
GAS PRICES are killing us; food prices are rising; homes are being foreclosed; we're at the brink of, or already are in, a recession. Heating-oil prices have seen scary increases, 70,000 PGW customers are about to be notified that they're eligible to have their service shut off as we wind up a winter that was colder than last year's. Could it get any worse? Yes, it could. The state announced last week that it has shut down the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
NEWS
February 1, 1996 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
A half-dozen Philadelphia protesters led by Lance Haver were tossed out of the state House chamber yesterday after hoisting a posterboard sign seeking funds for heating aid. "Lack of Heat for Any Reason is an Emergency," the sign read. "Remove those people," ordered House Speaker Matthew Ryan, R-Delaware County. The sign was torn up by House security personnel. A short scuffle followed. Haver claimed that he was pushed to the floor. The protesters were hurried out the door, the door closed behind them.
NEWS
June 4, 2013
The Corbett administration doesn't seem to care that it has acquired a reputation for callous treatment of poor people. If it cared, it wouldn't have failed to process federal energy assistance applications and risk thousands of low-income customers having to pay reconnection fees through no fault of their own. The state Department of Public Welfare is responsible for processing applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),...
NEWS
March 6, 1994
For the poor, the problems of winter go beyond slipping, skidding and shoveling. When people can't afford to pay for heat, they can end up shivering - or worse. Since 1989, at least 31 Pennsylvanians, mostly children, have died from the unsafe use of a space heater or candle. Those struggling to pay heating bills can get modest help - about $200 a year - from the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This winter, it will help hundreds of thousands of households in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and more than 5 million nationally, at a cost of about $1.7 billion.
NEWS
April 16, 2008 | By John Rowe
Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ended for the season March 21, the earliest closing in five years. It is difficult to make any sense of this decision when energy costs are skyrocketing and the need is so great and so obvious. According to the Pennsylvania Gas Association's study of the decision to close LIHEAP, 48 states keep the program open longer, and most run their program until all the money is used. Go figure. I guess Pennsylvania knows better than 48 other states.
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October 16, 2008 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
With the cost of energy continuing to soar, Gov. Rendell has announced there will be additional funds available for the state's energy-assistance grant program for the poor this winter. The announcement came as part of a statewide summit convened by Rendell this week aimed at finding ways to ensure that all Pennsylvania residents have adequate home heating this winter season. The additional funds - $10 million coming from the state, but most emanating from the federal government - brings the total amount of grants available for the state's energy-assistance program, known as LIHEAP, to $280 million.
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January 12, 2015 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
ADUST-UP about soon-to-be mayoral candidate Doug Oliver's high-profile participation in a PGW television commercial has put an early end to his employment at the publicly-owned utility. Oliver's exit yesterday came after City Councilman Jim Kenney, who is mulling a run for mayor, went public with complaints about the PGW spokesman appearing in a prime-time television commercial for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. PGW's board on Thursday discussed Oliver's future and considered asking him to resign.
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January 9, 2015 | By Chris Brennan
  DOUG OLIVER   'S role as the face of PGW in a television commercial has turned up the heat on his impending candidacy for mayor. PGW's board members held an impromptu discussion yesterday about Oliver's future with the utility after City Councilman Jim Kenney , who is still mulling a run for mayor, complained about the commercial giving Oliver an unfair political advantage by raising his name recognition in the city. Oliver, after launching a mayoral exploratory committee in November, this week said he will resign from PGW at the end of this month and formally declare his candidacy in February.
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July 31, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IN A REMOTE corner of City Hall's seventh floor - a place of exposed pipes and unfinished halls far above the gilded cornices and ornate friezes of the ceremonial rooms below - there is an inconspicuous door with the words "WOOD-WORKER'S DIVISION" written on it in black marker. Just inside, there is an office, some construction materials and graffitied walls. Further in, however, there is something less likely to be found on the seventh floor: a small room paneled with what appears to be bulletproof glass and signs that read, "DO NOT ENTER / INVESTIGATIVE GRAND JURY FILES.
NEWS
June 4, 2013
The Corbett administration doesn't seem to care that it has acquired a reputation for callous treatment of poor people. If it cared, it wouldn't have failed to process federal energy assistance applications and risk thousands of low-income customers having to pay reconnection fees through no fault of their own. The state Department of Public Welfare is responsible for processing applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),...
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly 14,000 low-income Philadelphia families are waiting for the state to process their claims for federal home-energy assistance - a repeat of last year's backlog that state officials had promised would not happen again. About 8,000 of the families have been waiting for more than 90 days. Because the payments are late, some people face a shutoff of their gas and electricity. Even if the bills eventually get paid, those whose utilities are turned off may be compelled to pay reconnection fees on top of the initial bills, a situation that could be catastrophic for poor people unable to meet even basic needs, advocates say. "People are going to be without hot water and a stove," said Lance Haver, director of the city Office of Consumer Affairs.
NEWS
April 5, 2013
BY APRIL, most of us are happy to be viewing winter weather in the rearview mirror. But there are thousands in the city who dread April more than the deep freeze of February, because that's when the moratorium on utility shutoffs expires. That means that PGW and Peco are now allowed to shut you off if you haven't been able to keep up on your utility bills. This is a cold drama that gets played out every year. But some years are harder than others, and this past winter has seen not only higher utility prices coupled with a colder winter, but also a program that helps low-income people with heating bills has a backlog of applications only slightly smaller than the huge backlog of last year.
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March 29, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare on Wednesday extended the application deadline for the federal Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), but the move does not extend the moratorium on utility shutoffs as requested by a Philadelphia nonprofit law firm. "This extension will give individuals more time to apply for home heating assistance so they can keep warm for the remainder of the season," Gary D. Alexander, secretary of the department, said in a statement. The extension pushes the deadline for applications for LIHEAP from Friday through April 13. Michael Froehlich, a staff lawyer at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, welcomed the extension, saying the step would allow more Philadelphia families to apply for the program.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
FROM THOSE wonderful workers at the state Department of Public Welfare - the ones who will soon have to start verifying the assets of up to 1.8 million recipients of food stamps in the state - comes a massive backlog of applications for heating assistance that could lead to utility shut-offs for tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians as soon as next week. Lawyers from Community Legal Services sent a letter Tuesday to the Public Utility Commission asking that utility customers who filed for help from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
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March 28, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's most prominent advocacy law firm for the poor is urging the state to extend a moratorium on utility shutoffs for thousands of low-income households because the state Department of Public Welfare has a large backlog of applications for a federal home energy assistance program. In a March 23 letter to Robert F. Powelson, chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, lawyers from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia asked the commission to tell utilities to hold off on terminating utility service to people with pending applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
NEWS
November 1, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Cyclist hurt in Fishtown A 62-year-old man was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday afternoon after he rode his bicycle into telecommunications wires that were drooping after a truck knocked them down. The accident occurred about 3 p.m. on Delaware Avenue near Richmond Street, in Fishtown. Medics said the man, who was thrown from his bike when he rode into the wires, was injured but not seriously. Apply now for heat help Funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
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