Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
LIHEAP Set to Open Nov. 4

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications on Monday, Nov. 4. LIHEAP helps low-income people pay their heating bills through home energy assistance grants and crisis grants. Cash grants are awarded based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region, while crisis grants are provided in the event of a heating emergency, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day. LIHEAP clients who applied online last year should receive a postcard notice encouraging them to reapply online. Prior applicants who did not apply online last year will still be mailed paper applications. For more information, visit
School Safety Grants Now Available

The application period for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s 2013-14 Safe Schools Targeted Grants program is now open. The program, which was expanded under Act 70 of 2013, is part of a continuing legislative effort aimed at keeping children safe in the Commonwealth’s schools. From now through Dec. 6, schools districts may apply for up to $25,000 in funding for programs that address school violence, such as conflict resolution or dispute management programs. Through Nov. 22, school districts are also eligible to apply for up to $60,000 to fund a school resource officer or $40,000 for a school police officer for purposes of student protection.
A third grant program is available to municipalities, which have through Nov. 22 to apply for up to $60,000 in funding to have a school resource officer assigned to a nonpublic school. For more information click on “Safe Schools Grant Info” at

Department of Aging Offers Assistance with Medicare Annual Enrollment

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is reminding Pennsylvania’s senior citizens who are reviewing their Medicare plans about assistance available through the APPRISE program.
APPRISE is a free, unbiased health insurance counseling program designed to help older residents and caregivers with answers to questions about Medicare. Working through local Area Agencies on Aging, the counselors provide objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. To learn more, contact APPRISE at 1-800-783-7067.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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(717) 772-9846 
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