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Pennsylvania extends LIHEAP heating bill assistance deadline



Those applying for financial help with home heating bills will have extra time to seek out Pennsylvania aid.

Citing a harsh winter, the state of Pennsylvania extended the deadline to apply for assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to April 18.

The federally funded program was slated to end April 4.

Since the beginning of the LIHEAP season Nov. 4, the state Department of Public Welfare said it processed about 357,000 applications for cash assistance to help low-income households pay for home heating fuel. It has also granted more than 107,000 crisis grants, which assist with heating emergencies such as a furnace failure or sudden fuel shortages, according to DPW.

Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at www.compass.state.pa.us or in person at county assistance offices. For more information, visit www.dpw.state.pa.us or call 1-866-857-7095.

Stephanie Ritenbaugh: sritenbaugh@post-gazette.com or 412-263-4910

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