It’s February, which means we are approaching the end of the winter termination moratorium, and utilities will begin sending shutoff notices to families who are at risk of service termination. Although the termination moratorium for electricity, gas, and heat-related water services currently remains in place for income-eligible families who are behind on their bills, the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) urges families that receive shutoff notices to take steps to remain connected to vital utility services well before the termination moratorium ends on March 31, 2023
PULP has put together a number of infographics, flyers, and resources to help provide critical utility affordability information to individuals and families across the Commonwealth. PULP also intends to host a training related to the end of the winter termination moratorium and will be sending out details soon. Please share this information widely and encourage your communities to enroll in the available utility-run programming and apply for grant assistance now.
Additionally, here are a few federal COVID-response programs available with open application periods:
· Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – (currently scheduled to close April 28, 2023)
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have, or for assistance with resolving a client’s utility issue! You can contact the PULP team at firstname.lastname@example.org.