PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With the changing seasons, comes the announcement that LIHEAP is back once again to help families with home heating costs.

“I think it’s only fitting that it is so cold outside this morning as we kick off LIHEAP because it reminds all of us how cold it feels not to have heat in your homes,” Columbia Gas President Mark Kempic said.

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LHEAP is back and is providing low-income families with assistance to heat their homes this winter with grant money from the federal government.

“Now that the winter season is approaching, I encourage everyone to apply early. In fact, you can even apply today,” Lourdes Padilla from the Pennsylvania Department Of Public Welfare said.

Students were signing up at the Bidwell Training Center, which was the location of this year’s LIHEAP kickoff announcement where there are plenty of questions.

“Where do I go? How do I apply? Do I really have to apply every year? I think a lot of people don’t realize they have to apply every year,” Shazia Davis from Equitable Gas Company.

Volunteers worked to simplify the process.

“I mean, they are just here to do it. I didn’t have to do everything at home and deal with all the back and forth and you didn’t send in this and you didn’t send in that,” Basya Grossman said.

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State Rep. Erin Molchany knows people have been asking about LIHEAP in her office.

“It’s really important for legislators across the Commonwealth to have somebody in their office who is prepared to really help constituents do this work,” Rep. Molchany said.

Equitable Gas, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and People’s Gas are joining together again with Steeler legend Franco Harris leading the way.

“When it starts when the weather is warm, people don’t connect it, but living in Pittsburgh, we know it’s coming. So, the people who are eligible, it’s important that they do sign up early,” Harris said.

For more on the guidelines or for an application, click here.


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