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Pennsylvania Low-Income Families Face Utility Shutoff Due to Unresolved Federal Budget Dispute on LIHEAP Program

Federal Funding Woes Threaten Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP Program, Prompting Temporary Cash Grant Pause

Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP Program at Risk as Federal Funding Shortfall Looms

As the deadline approaches for low-income families to receive help with their utility bills in Pennsylvania, a familiar program faces a challenge. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEA is in jeopardy due to a lack of federal funds. This vital program assists families struggling to pay heating bills and avoid service disruptions.

With Congress withholding funds, Pennsylvania finds itself in a tough spot, relying solely on federal support for LIHEAP. The shortfall of $2 million has forced the state to pause cash grants temporarily. However, crisis payments for those facing immediate heat shut-offs will continue to be issued.

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Advocates Urge State Intervention to Safeguard LIHEAP Program Amid Federal Funding Crisis

Despite the uncertainty, there is hope that the budget dispute in Washington will be resolved before LIHEAP’s deadline on April 5th. In the meantime, advocates like Lydia Gottesfeld stress the importance of Pennsylvania investing state funds into the program to prevent future crises. While the situation is challenging efforts are underway to ensure that vulnerable residents receive the support they need to stay warm during these cold months.

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