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Families to Receive $193.5 Million for Home Energy Costs This Winter

In a move anticipated by many, U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced a massive funding boost to help Pennsylvania families tackle rising heating costs this winter. A staggering $193,486,298 has been allocated from the Low Income Home Energy Assistant Program (LIHEAP). This program aims to assist low-income households in Pennsylvania with their energy bills, providing relief during the cold winter months and the hot summer season.

Recent statistics have shown that over a quarter of U.S. households grapple with their home energy bills. As winter approaches, many families face the harsh reality of higher heating costs, further straining their already tight budgets. This initiative seeks to ensure that Pennsylvania residents can remain warm and safe in their homes without the added financial stress.

Senator Casey, in his announcement, urged families to visit the official website, energyhelp.us, to determine if they are eligible for assistance. “As temperatures drop, heating bills surge, further burdening Pennsylvania families,” remarked Senator Casey. “This significant funding is a testament to our commitment to ensuring our residents remain warm and safe, without the financial strain. It is yet another step in our ongoing efforts to alleviate costs for those Pennsylvanians who are finding it tough to get by.”

Moreover, the LIHEAP funds are not solely restricted to bill payments. They can also be utilized to weatherize homes, enhancing energy efficiency. In times of disasters and extreme weather conditions, the funds can be directed towards alleviating energy-related emergencies. This year, even more families will benefit from the LIHEAP funds, thanks to an additional $100 million contribution from the Infrastructure Investment and Job Act FY2024 appropriation.

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