Capitol Roundup from Rep. Mike Peifer
LIHEAP Crisis Grants Now Available

Just in time for the bitter cold weather, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications for crisis grants. Crisis grants are available to qualified residents who are in an emergency situation and about to lose their heat. This may include having broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service or being in danger due to a dwindling fuel supply and getting a notice of utility service termination. Assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day. LIHEAP also offers cash grants to help pay heating bills. Income eligibility for LIHEAP benefits is based on federal poverty guidelines. To learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements, visit or contact the appropriate county assistance office: Monroe County, 1972 W. Main St., Suite 101, Stroudsburg, 570-424-3517; Pike County, Milford Professional Park, Suite 101, 10 Buist Road, Milford, 570-296-6114; or Wayne County, 107 8th St., second floor, Honesdale, 570-253-7118. To apply online, visit

Reporting Deadline for Small Games of Chance Requirement Extended

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue extended the reporting deadline for clubs and other eligible organizations that hold small games of chance licenses by one year. This change means there is no reporting requirement in 2014 for these organizations. The new date for electronic reporting will be Feb. 1, 2015, with a newly created online reporting system from the department becoming available later this year. Organizations that don’t have a liquor license, or those with liquor licenses and proceeds of less than $20,000, are not required to file any reports.

January is National Radon Action Month

National Radon Action month is designed to raise awareness of the potential for serious health impacts from high concentrations of radon in the home and to encourage families to test their homes for the presence of this colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. Radon occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can seep into homes through cracks in basements and foundations and can build up inside to concentrations many times the recommended level. Radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States every year, and about 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have radon levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level. For more information, visit, keyword: Radon, or call 1-800-23-RADON.

Representative Mike Peifer
139th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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