Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opens November 3
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Peoples Natural Gas are partnering once again to promote the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) with the goal of helping low-income customers with their winter heating bills.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) that helps income-eligible families pay winter heating costs. The program provides a one-time grant to assist with paying home heating bills.
LIHEAP funds are limited. Columbia Gas and Peoples Natural Gas urge eligible home owners and renters to apply as soon as possible. Eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP change, and customers who may not have been eligible in the past are encouraged to reapply. The income eligibility limit for the 2014-2015 program is 150% of the federal poverty income guidelines. This means individuals with an annual income of up to $17,505 are eligible to apply. A family of four can earn an annual income of up to $35,775. LIHEAP closes on April 3, 2015 or earlier if funds run out.
Customers are encouraged to apply online through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Service website (COMPASS) at www.compass.state.pa.us or by calling 1-866-827-1281.
6th Annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign Kicks Off on October 29
Hearth & Home Furnishings, Peoples Natural Gas and Peoples TWP are teaming up for a sixth year to help local, limited-income households maintain or restore gas utility services. A kick-off fundraising event will be held October 29, and Hearth & Home will donate a portion of their sales to Dollar Energy Fund through December 31. Peoples Natural Gas and Peoples TWP will match the donation, which will help Dollar Energy provide utility assistance grants to families facing a crisis.
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14th Annual Kids Triathlon Series Benefits Habitat for Humanity
Sponsored by Peoples Natural Gas
Young athletes from Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond will compete in Habitat for Humanity's 14th annual Kids Triathlon Series in South Park on July 19th and in North Park on August 9, 2014. Roughly 225 young athletes ages 7-12 will swim, bike and run to benefit Habitat. Since its inception 14 years ago, the Kids Triathlon Series has raised over $750,000 for affordable housing. Athletes can register online at http://www.pittsburghhabitat.org/events/kids-triathlon.
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Top Pittsburgh Athletes Flex Muscles for MDA at 10th Annual Muscle Team Event
Pittsburgh's professional athletes, local celebrities and military heros are set to put their muscle behind finding treatments and cures for muscle disease at the 10th annual Muscle Team event to beenfit local children and adults in the Pittsburgh area served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year's Muscle Team Honorary Coaches are Morgan O'Brien, President and CEO of Peoples, and Executive Director of the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania Jason Fincke.
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