Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) encourages eligible Pennsylvania residents to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) before the program's closure on March 29.

"Although spring is almost in sight, March can bring with it cold temperatures and that can keep home heating bills high," Pickett said. "For some individuals and families, one more high heating bill or a broken furnace could signal financial disaster. That's why LIHEAP was created, and why we encourage people who are facing a need to apply for it."

LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. Crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

In addition to Pickett's offices in Towanda and Sayre, applications are available at the County Assistance Offices in these local counties:

Bradford - 1 Elizabeth St., Suite 4, P.O. Box 398, Towanda. Phone (570) 265-9186 or (800) 542-3938.

Sullivan - 918 Main St., Suite 2, P.O. Box 355, Laporte. Phone (570) 946-7174 or (877) 265-1681.

Susquehanna - 33 Spruce St., P.O. Box 128, Montrose. Phone (570) 278-0056 or (888) 753-6328.

Applications are also available from local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.

Income eligibility for cash grants begins at $16,335 for an individual. The maximum eligibility limit for a family of four is $33,525. For each additional household member, the income limit increases $5,730.

For complete eligibility requirements and additional information about LIHEAP, visit Pickett's website at RepPickett.com and click on "LIHEAP Information."

Submitted by Rep. Tina Pickett