Federal And State Comment Needed To Stop The Trump Administration From Cutting LIHEAP

 

Federal Block Grants are being dismantled by the Trump Administration and we the people are fighting back.

Federal Funds for programs that assist our most vulnerable members of society that can’t be privatized are being cut from the budget. Gov. Corbett destroyed the accountability grant here in Pennsylvania with his privatization of our public schools and resources. Now President Donald Trump is aiming for the same cuts to the federal accountability grant aka block grants.

Local energy companies and concerned citizens took the podium with opposition to the attacks on our most vulnerable communities. We were able to see the faces of LIHEAP during the Philadelphia hearing at our Free Library. Those faces are all responsible members of our society with different circumstances that leads them to the same need for assistance when paying energy bills.


Proposed State Plan:

BUDGET The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 (PL 114-223) funded LIHEAP at approximately $3.43 billion for FY 2017. President Trump’s preliminary FY 2018 budget request was released on March 16, 2017. The budget proposes to eliminate funding for LIHEAP. While the initial budget proposal eliminates funding for LIHEAP, it is likely that the program will continue in FY 2018 considering the popularity of the program and the number of low-income households it assists. Due to the threat of defunding, DHS will be estimating a budget of $153.75 million, representing a 25 percent reduction of Pennsylvania’s FY 2017 allocation. DHS anticipates carrying forward a balance of $5 million for FY 2017. There is uncertainty at this time regarding the availability of any leveraging funding. This results in a total budget of approximately $158 million. 15 percent of the block grant will be allocated to DCED for the Weatherization Assistance Program and up to 10 percent of the block grant will be allocated for administrative costs, leaving an adjusted minimum total of $120.3 million available for LIHEAP benefits. http://www.dhs.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_261235.pdf

Philadelphia LIHEAP Hearing July 5, 2017

#SaveLIHEAP Hearing @Free Library 1901 Vine Street 7/5/2017

Posted by Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey on Wednesday, July 5, 2017


#WeWillNotGoBack 

Federal Register Notice soliciting public comments regarding the Reallotment of Fiscal Year 2016 Funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to states, territories, tribes and tribal organizations that received FY 2017 direct LIHEAP grants. The deadline for public comments is Wednesday, July 19, 2017. You can see the notice at: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-19/pdf/2017-12675.pdf


Please contact your Senators:

Bob Casey Jr. 202.224.6324 www.casey.senate.gov/contact  

Pat Toomey 202.224.4254. www.toomey.senate.gov/contact/

Representatives at www.house.gov/representatives

Scott Perry 202.225.5836

Robert Brady 202.225.4731

Dwight Evans 202.225.4001

Glenn Thompson 202.225.5121

Ryan Costello 202.225.5121

Pat Meehan 202.225.2011

Brian Fitzpatrick 202.225.4276

Bill Shuster 202.225.2431

Mike Kelly 202.225.5406

Tom Marino 202.225.3731

Lou Barletta 202.225.6511

Keith Rothfus 202.225.2065

Brendan Boyle 202.225.6111

Mike Doyle 202.225.2135

Charles Dent 202.225.6411

Lloyd Smucker 202.225.2411

Matthew Cartwright 202.225.5546

Tim Murphy 202.225.2301

 – YOUR INPUT IS WELCOME –

LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULE

All interested individuals are invited to testify about the proposed LIHEAP State Plan for 2017-2018.


The proposed LIHEAP State Plan may be viewed here. http://www.dhs.pa.gov/cs/groups/webcontent/documents/document/c_261235.pdf

JULY 5, 2017

10 A.M. – 12 NOON

PARKWAY CENTRAL LIBRARY

ROOMS 405 & 406, 4TH FLOOR

1901 VINE STREET

PHILADELPHIA, PA

JULY 11, 2017

10 A.M. – 12 NOON

HEALTH & WELFARE BUILDING

ROOM 316, 3RD FLOOR

625 FORSTER STREET

HARRISBURG, PA

JULY 13, 2017

10 A.M. – 12 NOON

ALLEGHENY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

GOLD ROOM, 4TH FLOOR

436 GRANT STREET

PITTSBURGH, PA

PLEASE REGISTER TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE SCHEDULED HEARINGS.

TO REGISTER, CALL: 1-717-772-7906 OR TOLL FREE 1-866-857-7095

TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED ONLY: 711

Commenting on proposed cuts to LIHEAP


Anyone unable to attend Pennsylvania’s hearings may send written testimony by July 14, 2017 to:

Brian Whorl, Director

Division of Federal Programs and Program Management

Room 224, Willow Oak Building, P.O. Box 2675

Harrisburg, PA 17110

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2 thoughts on “Federal And State Comment Needed To Stop The Trump Administration From Cutting LIHEAP

  • July 7, 2017 at 16:23
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    Programs like LIHEAP are impairitive for people who live in poverty. If funding is lot it will likely cause circumstance where money is funneled into to the state to clean up the problem they made. They will use that money to make change through authority, which has not worked ever.

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