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  • LIHEAP Benefit Amount Table

    This tool from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services allows you to see the amount of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits you are eligible to receive. Select the county where you live and the type of fuel you use to heat your home or a type you to use for additional heat. The benefit table for your county and the type of fuel you use is displayed listing the LIHEAP benefit amount for your yearly income range and household size. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • LIHEAP FAQ's

    A list of frequently asked questions from Northwestern Legal Services relating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    information from Northwestern Legal Services concerning Pennsylvania's LIHEAP Program, eligibility guidelines, how to apply, how payments are received, etc. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Free Safelink Wireless Phone and Plan for Low-income Pennsylvanians

    Northwestern Legal Services provides this link to SafeLink Wireless which provides a free wireless phone and cellular plan for qualifying Pennsylvanians through the Lifeline government benefit program. Services are available in many, but not all, areas of Pennsylvania. Household income at or below 135% of FPG. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Subscribers

    Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides a discount on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income subscribers to help ensure they can connect to the nation's communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and their children's schools, and call for help in an emergency. Lifeline is supported by the federal Universal Service Fund (USF). Content Detail

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    Federal Communications Commission
  • Low-Income Telephone Assistance Programs

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services regarding telephone assistance programs that are available to low-income individuals. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Consumer Publications from the Public Utility Commission

    Many publications from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Energy Assistance

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps low income people pay their heating bills through energy assistance grants and emergency repair assistance. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Energy Savers: Tips on Saving Eneregy and Money at Home

    This site from the U.S. Dept of Energy provides easy, practical solutions for saving energy throughout your home, from the insulating system that surrounds it to the appliances and lights inside. Content Detail

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    U.S. Dept of Energy
  • How to File a Show Cause Order in Cambria and Indiana Counties (Video)

    This video from Laurel Legal Services shows how residents of Cambria and Indiana Counties can file a show cause order when a landlord shuts off your utilities to try and evict you. Read More

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    Laurel Legal Services, Inc.
  • Know Your Rights: Regulated Utilities

    This pamphlet is intended to provide general information about utility rights to Pennsylvanians impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information is up to date as of November 17, 2020. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 2020-2021 LIHEAP Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet outlining the main features of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2020-2021 heating season. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • PA Power Switch

    PAPowerSwitch.com from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) provides information to make sure you have the tools at your fingertips to make an informed decision when selecting an electric supplier. Content Detail

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    PA Utility Choice
  • Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate

    The Office of Consumer Advocate (OCA) is a state agency that represents the interests of Pennsylvania utility consumers before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), federal regulatory agencies, and state and federal courts. The OCA was created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1976 and is an independent office within the Office of Attorney General. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
  • Pennsylvania Utility Law (Video)

    12/2011- Video presented by Northwestern Legal Services featuring Attorney Patrick Cicero of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project. Information presented includes threats of termination - heating oil, electric, water, gas; affordability; steps to reduce consumption; Public Utilities Commission regulation; Applying for LIHEAP, Weatherization program, customer assistance plans. Copyright 2011, NWLS All rights reserved. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services