Representatives from Duquesne Light and state Rep. Austin Davis will be available Nov. 27 to answer questions about assistance for people who have trouble paying their heating bills over the winter.
The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 1507 Library Ave.
“These are important programs that I want people in my district to know about,” Davis said. “No one – especially not our children or elderly neighbors – should have to go cold this winter, and no family should have to choose between buying food and paying their heating bill.”
A spokesperson in Davis' office said that the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000, which are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households.
Also available are crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for individuals, $24,690 for couples, and increases for each additional person in the household.
Residents seeking more information regarding LIHEAP or the workshop are encouraged to contact Davis’ McKeesport office at (412) 664-0035.
Photo: "Window frost" by Lorie Shaull, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Originally published November 16, 2018.