November 02, 2015 9$67,575 2$23,895 4$36,375 1$17,655 Governor Wolf Kicks Off the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Season 7$55,095 3$30,135 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Maximum Income # # # 5$42,615 Household Size 6$48,855 10$73,815 8$61,335 Government That Works, Human Services, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Gladys M. Brown to kick off the start of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application process for the 2015-16 season.Representatives from PPL Electric Utilities and UGI Utilities Inc. also participated in the event, held at Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg. Dauphin County Assistance Office employees were on hand to enroll individuals in need of support.“This federally-funded program provides a basic human need — a warm place to live – for thousands of Pennsylvanians during the colder months,” said Governor Wolf. “I am proud to participate in the start of the 2015-16 LIHEAP season, so that we can begin enrolling those low-income families, seniors, and children before the cold kicks in.”LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. It’s available to renters and homeowners. Crisis and regular LIHEAP grants begin Nov. 2, 2015 through April 1, 2016.“LIHEAP helped approximately 400,000 Pennsylvania households stay warm during last winter, including hundreds of thousands homes with older Pennsylvanians, children, and individuals who live with a disability,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “We encourage anyone who needs help with their heating bills to apply before the worst of the winter weather arrives and be prepared.”Online applications can be completed by visiting COMPASS. Paper applications are still available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.“Every year, as part of the PUC’s effort to help consumers prepare for winter weather and higher heating bills, we focus on LIHEAP,” said PUC Chair Gladys Brown. “This program is one of a number available for those struggling to pay their bills and keep their homes warm.”In preparation for the LIHEAP season, DHS in collaboration with the regulated utilities that operate in Pennsylvania implemented a program to help households with their past-due utility bills. The program was funded with $2.2 million from the 14-15 LIHEAP year. To date, DHS has issued 9,105 supplemental crisis grants totaling over $1.8 million to resolve the then-pending crisis.“The department is committed to making sure every Pennsylvania family has a safe and healthy winter,” continued Secretary Dallas.At the event, Chairman Brown also encouraged consumers to “Prepare Now” for winter heating bills by:Learning more about conservation;Checking electric and natural gas bills and supplier contracts;Using PA Power Switch and PA Gas Switch to shop for services;Looking into programs that help low-income customers maintain service; andExploring other steps to reduce long-term heating and energy consumption.Consumers interested in more information about these important programs can visit the PUC website and click on the “Prepare Now” link; follow social media messages that contain the #PrepareNow tag; or call the PUC at 1-800-692-7380.For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit EnergySavers.gov.For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit the Department of Human Services website.Eligibility for the 2015-16 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines. The chart below shows the maximum income allowed for eligibility based on household size.Each additional person in the household adds $6,240 to the maximum income allowed for eligibility.
GREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoLAS VEGAS — For the second consecutive week, the first quarter wasn’t kind to Wisconsin’s defense.The Badgers gave up an 80-yard scoring drive on UNLV’s second possession of the game. The touchdown drive marks the third time this season Wisconsin has given up an 80-yard scoring drive in the first quarter.”I think we’re fully capable of going out there and getting the job done,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We just have to be more ready to play at the beginning of the game. It’s not any individual person. It’s a collective unit.”It’s frustrating to give up early drives like that, but we’ll get better.”One of the contributing reasons to Wisconsin’s early struggles was Rebels redshirt quarterback Travis Dixon’s play.He passed for 258 yards and a touchdown.”He was pretty good. He surprised us,” Ikegwuonu said. “From the film that we watched, we expected a lot more of the run game, and he came out and was just throwing the ball all over the place, so we woke up after that first scoring drive and really buckled down and made adjustments.”Dixon’s ability to run the spread offense opened up the offense for his receivers. Casey Flair caught 10 balls for 126 yards and a score.Like last week, the defense adjusted by going to more press and man coverage and made enough plays to give the offense a chance to win.”They were stopping us on offense so we just needed to respond on defense,” Ikegwuonu said.Dropped passesQuarterback Tyler Donovan managed just 138 passing yards and led the offense to two offensive touchdowns. Part of the problem was that his receivers at times couldn’t catch the ball. Even the normally sure-handed senior Luke Swan dropped a pass near the goal line at the end of the first half, a play which ultimately forced UW to settle for three points rather than seven.Tight end Travis Beckum dropped another crucial pass, this time over the middle, stalling an early fourth-quarter drive with Wisconsin down by one.In all, Wisconsin receivers accounted for nearly half of Donovan’s 12 incompletions. “It happens. It’s football,” Donovan said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to them next time. I got full faith in those guys.”Despite the missed opportunities, UW head coach Bret Bielema said he was pleased with how his players had short-term memory and went out and made plays after their mistakes.”I think there were some things that we weren’t especially clean on, but I liked the way they responded to the situation,” he said. “Travis was one of the guys who put one on the ground, and he responded positively after that, same thing with a couple of our other players.”Home game atmosphereThe only times UNLV has ever sold out a game have been when Wisconsin was in town. Given that the game was held in Las Vegas and Badger fans travel in swarms to any road game, Saturday’s game was almost a home game away from home.”That’s a good thing about Wisconsin fans — they travel a lot,” linebacker Elijah Hodge said.While it was difficult to distinguish between Badger fans and Rebel fans — both teams share cardinal and white as their team colors — it became quite evident that the Wisconsin faithful were on hand when Donovan laid out for the game-winning touchdown.”That’s good when you have a lot of support,” UW running back P.J. Hill said. “You got the momentum on our side. We just had to take their energy into the game.”Hubbard hurtWide receiver Paul Hubbard left the game midway through the third quarter with a right knee injury. The injury occurred when Hubbard got tangled up with some UNLV and UW players following a short Hill run. He left the field under the assistance of two trainers and did not return. Hubbard’s status is unclear and likely won’t be known for a few more days.Freshman Kyle Jefferson took most of the reps at the other receiver position in Hubbard’s absence.