May 20, 1994 |
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.
January 15, 2009 |
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.
April 8, 2008 |
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.
January 9, 2015 |
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.
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)
February 1, 1996 |
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.
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),...
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.
April 16, 2008 |
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.
October 16, 2008 |
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.