News For Constituents
From Senate Republican Policy Development & Research Office
November 23, 2011
Home Energy Assistance Program Taking
Whether you are in need of help paying your home heating bill or find
yourself in an emergency situation with broken heating equipment,
Pennsylvania's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has
announced it is
taking applications for both cash and crisis grants for income-eligible
Income eligibility for cash grants begins at a maximum income level of
$16,335 for a one-person household and adjusts as follows:
- 2 people - $22,065 maximum income
- 3 people - $27,795 maximum income
- 4 people - $33,525 maximum income
- 5 people - $39,255 maximum income
- 6 people - $44,985 maximum income
- 7 people - $50,715 maximum income
- 8 people - $56,445 maximum income
- 9 people - $62,175 maximum income
- 10 people - $67,905 maximum income
*(For each additional person, add $5,730)
The minimum cash benefit is now $100, and the maximum crisis grant is $300
for the federally-funded heating assistance program. Cash grants are sent
directly to the recipient's utility company to offset the cost of the heating
bill. Crisis grants are applied to the purchase of additional fuel or to fix
broken heating equipment.
Apply for a LIHEAP
grant online or
download an application from the Department of Public Welfare's website and
return the application to your county assistance office. Residents can also
apply in-person at
county assistance offices.
Add PA Preferred Products to Your Holiday Menu
If each of the approximately 5.5 million households in the Commonwealth
devoted $10 per week of their total food dollars to purchasing
Pennsylvania grown products, it would result in over 2.9 billion
food dollars being reinvested back into the state, according to the
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
You can begin your reinvestment by using
PA Preferred Products on your holiday dinner table this year. Turn to the
2011 PA Preferred Culinary Connection Recipe Book for tried and true
Shipping fresh produce from distant states and countries can take up to 14
days before it arrives on a store shelf. Instead, look for the
blue keystone with a gold checkmark to choose products grown, harvested,
and, if applicable, processed in Pennsylvania. The program strives to achieve
93 percent of Pennsylvanians desire – to buy and consume local products.
Do Your Holiday Shopping in PA
VisitPA help you shop for homemade, handcrafted, or uniquely Pennsylvania
keepsakes to give this holiday season.
Main Street this year for your holiday shopping and find revitalized
downtowns. From small towns like
Bloomsburg to those quaint communities that dot
Bucks County and the
Philadelphia countryside, you will be greeted with lights and local
traditions to enhance your shopping experience.
Choose gifts from among the selection of antiques, ceramics, ironware,
jewelry, decorative arrangements, gourmet foods, furniture, and much more. Consult the
Events & Festivals webpage for things to do while on your PA shopping
Check Traffic and Road Conditions Before Leaving Home
Whether you are a hunter headed out for a day afield or a holiday shopper
about to scout the mall, a quick trip to the Pennsylvania Department of
PA 511 website will help you properly prepare for the day ahead.
PA511 holds the key to reliable
winter road conditions on more than 2,900 miles of roadways. Pennsylvania's official travel information website can help you reach your
destination in the most efficient manner when traveling in state.
Traffic, weather, and links to
other transportation services, including airports, are available for those
who will take to the skies this holiday.
Stop the Texts – Stop the Wrecks
Teens and adults who text and drive may think they are multi-tasking but
highway statistics reveal those drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved
in a crash than non-texting motorists, according to the
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.
Pennsylvania is joining other states in launching a national safety campaign,
"Stop the Texts – Stop the Wrecks". The campaign stresses
that using a cell phone delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood
alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
According to the
campaign, five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while
texting. When traveling at 55 miles per hour, that's enough time to cover the
length of a football field. In 2009, distracted driving contributed to nearly
5,500 deaths on U.S. roadways and an estimated 448,000 injuries from motor
vehicle crashes. Distracted driving has become the number one killer of
new law banning texting while driving makes it a primary offense and carries
a fine of $50.
Hunters Sharing the Harvest
Local food banks, soup kitchens, and needy families will again benefit this
year from hunters and meat processors who support the 20-year-old "Hunters
Sharing the Harvest" program, according to the
Pennsylvania Game Commission.
"Hunters Sharing the Harvest" annually contributes enough venison to deliver
nearly 200,000 meals to food banks, churches, and social service feeding
programs for needy Pennsylvanians.
Generous hunters take a deer to a participating
meat processor and identify how much of their deer meat - from an entire
deer to several pounds - that is to be donated to HSH. If the hunter is
donating an entire deer, they are asked to contribute a tax-deductible
co-pay of $15, and HSH will cover the remaining processing fees. A hunter may
choose to cover the entire costs of the processing, which is tax deductible as
Hunters Sharing the Harvest, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free: (866) 474-2141.