Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Connellsville Redevelopment Authority


RESIDENTIAL RESOURCES:

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.

Pest Control and Management:

http://www.stoppests.org/pest-solutions/


Medication Disaster Plan:

https://www.singlecare.com/blog/what-should-be-first-aid-kit/


FIRE SAFETY AT HOME:


https://www.free-safety-training.com/fire-safety-at-home/


https://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=i%2Ffire-prevention-guide



PA Assistive Technology Foundation:

https://patf.us/

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.

LIHEAP 2021-22

    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 May 6, 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.

Fayette County Community Action Agency  724 437 6050

Water 1 888 282 6816