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Help with energy bills now available

Low-income Pennsylvanians can now begin applying for a federally funded energy assistance program, local political leaders and representatives of Columbia Gas and Peoples Natural Gas announced on Wednesday.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, commonly known as LIHEAP, provides one-time grants ranging from $100 to $1,000, which in most cases go directly to the utility. Individuals making up to $17,505 and families of four earning up to $35,775, among others, are eligible. Residents can apply for help at or by calling 1-866- 857-7095.

Speakers gathered at the Veterans Leadership Program offices in the South Side including Steelers Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris urged residents to apply as early as possible because funding can run out.

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