Feds release $185M to help Pa. families pay energy bills

Margarita Cambest

Brr. It's not getting cold outside yet, but just wait.

With cooler temperatures on the way, the federal government has pledged more than $185 million to help low-income families in Pennsylvania stay warm during winter months.

Some shovelers chose to try to keep up with the snow in the Avenues Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, helps states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes to help their residents pay energy bills. The fund also is used to help with cooling bills in the summer and energy improvements yearlong.

“With these LIHEAP funds helping households in Pennsylvania with limited incomes pay their home heating and cooling bills, these families and individuals can use their income to pay for other critical necessities, such as food and medicine,” said Jeannie Chaffin, director of the Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, in a news release.

Chaffin said unsafe indoor temperatures are unacceptable living conditions, but they can be especially harmful for seniors and families with young children.

LIHEAP funding assists households to meet home-energy needs, including vulnerable households with  young children, individuals with disabilities and older individuals.

York County residents interested in applying for energy assistance should contact the York County Assistance Office at 130 N. Duke St., 717-771-1100, or call 866-674-6327.