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  • COMPASS - Apply for Public Benefits and Services from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania residents can apply for a variety of programs offered by the PA Department of Human Services, including public assistance, food stamps, health care coverage, energy assistance and other social service programs at this site Content Detail

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    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services (COMPASS)
  • 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
  • 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
  • General Utility Information

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services for consumers regarding utility matters. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Heating Assistance/LIHEAP

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services regarding the Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program in Pennsylvania, how to apply, program dates, as well as the income limits for this program. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Know the Consumer Complaint Process and Your Options

    This pamphlet describes the different types of complaints consumers can file with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the process for filing a complaint as well as other options available to resolve disputes with a utility company. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
  • Landlord’s Interference With a Tenant’s Right to Utility Service

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on a Tenant's rights regarding utility service in a rented residence. [PDF] Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • LIHEAP and CAP Programs (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association explains the operation of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Customer Assistance Programs (CAP) offered by utility companies. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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 Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

    Information Neighborhood Legal Services 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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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • 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