The Pennsylvania Customer Assistance Program (PCAP): Helps residential customers maintain electric service and/or eliminate their past-due balance, PCAP participants are automatically enrolled in the Equal Payment Plan (EPP)-- a budget plan that allows customers to make consistent monthly payments. Customers receive monthly credits to reduce the EPP amount and/or forgiveness credits, which help eliminate the past-due balance at initial enrollment. While payment is not required to re-enroll, if you are a previous PCAP recipient, Dollar Energy Fund (the program administrator), can estimate the amount that would be due at re-enrollment. For enrollment information, call 1 888 282 6816, or to apply online, visit dollarenergy.org/myapp
Dollar Energy Fund: An emergency hardship fund designed to help residential customers restore or maintain electric service. Eligible customers may receive up to $500 while funds are available. Program funding is provided by FirstEnergy customers, company employees, FirstEnergy shareholders and other sources. The distribution of funds is administered by Dollar Energy Fund. For information, call 1 888 282 6816 or visit www.dollarenergy.org
Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and the PA Homeowners Assistance Fund (PA HAF): Assistance developed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, these programs provide financial assistance for housing-related expenses, including utilities, to assist Pennsylvania renters and homeowners facing financial harship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For renters, visit www.compass.state.pa.us and for homeowners, visit www.pahaf.org
2-1-1 Helpline: A nationwide resource and information helpline that will identify programs in your area that may assist you or someone you know with utility bills or other needs. For more information, call 222, visit www.211.org or text your ZIP code to 898211.
Income eligible customers also can reduce their electric bills by making their homes more energy efficient by participating in the WARM Program. This program is available to homeowners and renters with landlord approval. Participants receive an in-home energy evaluation; work with a trained energy educator to create an energy-savings plan and can receive energy-saving light bulbs; caulking and weather-stripping installed in their home, electric water heater inspections and refrigerator/freezer testing and possible replacement. There are household income requirements and electricity use requirements. For more information, customer can call Dollar Energy Fund at 1 888 2626 6816 or apply online at www.energysavepa.com
First Energy;s PA residential customers also can manage their electric bills through the Equal Payment Plan (EPP). With EPP, customers can make consistent monthly payments to avaoid seasonal highs and lows in their electric bills.
To apply or learn more about other utility bill assistance programs, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/billassist and click on "Search Assistance Programs." Residents are also encouraged to contact their utility's customer service team at 1800 686 0021 (West Penn Power)
1/4/22 Pennsylvania launches new water assistance program:
Assistance is available for those with past due bills, those who have had their service terminated or will have it terminated in the next 60 days. A family of four with an annual income of $39,750 would be eligible for the grant. You will need to provide personal information of all people in the househould, proof of income and a recent water bill. More information is at www.dhs.pa.gov/waterhelp
10/13/21 Free Trade Training offered by Private Industry Council:
Individuals ages 18 to 24 may be eligible for free training where they can gain skills for the construction, electrical and landscaping trades. Classes will be held in Uniontown from mid-November and in the spring. A daily training stipend to assist with transportation and meals along with 190 hours of hands-on paid work experience is included. For more information call 724 836 2600 or visit: www.privateindustrycouncil.com
WarmWise Program--Columbia Gas customers looking for solutions to improve their home's energy efficiency and to reduce their overall energy costs may qualify for WarmWise, a series of energy-saving programs available from Columbia Gas. These programs include: Low Income Usage Reduction Program and the Audits & Rebates program. To find out if customers qualify they can call 1 800 537 7431 to speak to a representative.
https://primeweld.com/blogs/news/at-home-fire-safety-guidehttps://primeweld.com/blogs/news/at-home-fire-safety-guidePest Control and Management:
Medication Disaster Plan:
FIRE SAFETY AT HOME:
PA Assistive Technology Foundation:
Homeowners Guide to Success: provides homeowners at risk of missing a mortgage payment or facing foreclosure with information on the assistance available to help them keep their homes. The guide also notes that HUD-approved housing counseling agencies provide free assistance and resources on avoiding foreclosure.
Heating Assistance Program Now Open
Winter weather is just around the corner. Residents who struggle with their home heating bills can now apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For a household of four, the income limit is $39,750.
Due to the availability of funds through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, there will be an increase in the minimum LIHEAP cash grant from $200 to $500 and an increase in the maximum cash grant from $1,000 to $1,500. The maximum LIHEAP crisis grant will increase from $600 to $1,200. LIHEAP is distributed directly to a household’s utility company or home heating fuel provider in the form of a grant.
Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office
• Fayette County: 724-439-7125.
The program runs through June, 2022.
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is also available in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to help eligible tenants cover the cost of overdue or upcoming utility and rental payments. Pennsylvanians who are responsible for paying rent or utilities on a residential property, and have one or more people within the household who has experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic that puts them at risk of homelessness or a utility shutoff, could be eligible for up to 18 months of ERAP assistance. More information is available at www.dhs.pa.gov/erap.
For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit www.energysavers.gov More information on LIHEAP, visit www.dhs.pa.gov
Through First Front Door (FFD), FHLBank members can open the door for first-time homebuyers. With FFD grants, the Bank will match the qualified homebuyer’s contribution 3-to-1. For every $1 of contribution the homebuyer makes, the Bank will provide $3 in grant assistance, up to a maximum of $5,000.
• Maximum loan is $20,000.
What are the terms of the loan or grant?
• Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500.
Is there a deadline to apply?
How long does an application take?
Westmoreland Area Office
214 Donohoe Road, Suite A
Greensburg, PA 15601-7552
(724) 853-5555, ext. 4 (Phone)
(724) 837-9762 (Fax)
Serving Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties.
Gary Reed Rural Development Coordinator (724) 853-5555, ext. 126
Jill Crowe Area Technician (724) 853-5555, ext. 122
Karen Kuhns Area Specialist (724) 853-5555, ext. 128
Lucinda Dietz Area Specialist (724) 853-5555, ext. 121
Mary McDaid Area Technician (724) 853-5555, ext. 120
NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What Law Governs this Program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance
Telephone Assistance Programs to Get (or Stay) Connected
Counties Served by Telephone Companies - A list of counties and the telephone companies serving each county.
- Lifeline Eligibility - A website by Universal Service Administrative Company
Fayette County Community Action Agency 724 437 6050
Water 1 888 282 6816