Low-income families benefit from advocacy work in D.C.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania joined other utilities, local community action agencies and community advocates on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, to support low-income families with energy costs. Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that was created to help customers with low incomes who devote a large portion of their income to home energy costs.
LIHEAP does not receive increased funding as need increases like an entitlement program; rather funding must be approved annually by Congress. LIHEAP advocates asked Congress to increase funding for the program, which has seen a cut of more than one-third since 2009.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania President Mike Huwar said that the efforts in D.C. are vital in communicating the importance of LIHEAP. “LIHEAP is essential to the support of low-income citizens in Pennsylvania, and we must ensure that this support remains available at the appropriate level for all families in need during the cold winter months.”
During the 2015-2016 program year, nearly 25,000 Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania customers received an average of $295.00 in assistance with their natural gas bill. This was only 24% of the eligible customers who could benefit from LIHEAP.
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