I hope you had a good weekend and a happy Halloween.
Lt. Governor Jim Crawley, other elected officials, community leaders and I last week announced the release of a $3.7 million economic development grant for the new Chinatown Community Center. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, the project will be located north of the Vine Street Expressway at 10th St. and have retail, community, office and educational space. It will also have 143 units of affordable housing.
This is an exciting project that will benefit Chinatown, create jobs and better connect one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant communities with the rest of the city.
Elsewhere today, I’d like to share information with you about:
- This year's LIHEAP program;
- Saving with ENERGY STAR products;
- Donating your old cell phone;
- Changes in the rent rebate program; and
- Making it easier to apply to college.
If you need anything, call my District Office at 215-952-3121, e-mail me at email@example.com, or visit 1802 S. Broad St., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sen. Larry Farnese
LIHEAP is Open
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened yesterday, so apply now. My staff and I are ready to help you fill out your application and this year’s eligibility requirements are as follows:
Household Size Income Limit
For each additional person in the home add $6,090.
Call us at 215-952-3121 for more information. You can also call Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP hotline at 866-857-7095 (individuals with hearing impairments can call the TDD number at 1-800-451-5886).
Buy and Save with ENERGY STAR Products
Fall is here so now is the time to weatherize your home for winter. As you shop for new heaters, weather stripping and tools, think about buying ENERGY STAR products. And when you do, don’t forget to see if you are eligible for a rebate at ENERGY STAR’s rebate finder: www.energystar.gov/rebatefinder. The website is a good place to start your search for all of the deals and rebates offered by ENERGY STAR’s partners.
Save a Life by Donating Your Old Cell Phone
Save a life by turning in your old cell phone at any one of Philadelphia’s police stations. The police are collecting the phones to benefit area victims of domestic abuse. The department responds to 100,000 domestic violence calls annually and, last year, domestic violence claimed the lives of 17 people in Philadelphia.
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Income Guidelines Increased
The income eligibility guidelines for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program have increased. Any homeowner who receives Social Security, was paid a property tax rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012 and had annual income up to $35,298 last year should apply for a rebate for claim year 2013. Also, renters who receive Social Security, were paid a rent rebate in 2013 for claim year 2012, and had annual incomes last year up to $15,128 should apply too.
The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2013 is this Dec. 31. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information are available at my district office or at www.revenue.state.pa.us.
College Applications Made Easy
The City of Philadelphia’s Connect2College is now available to help your college-bound student with their college application, scholarship research and essay writing.
Connect2College’s services are available in 17 Connect2College labs across the city and via their text message service. The Connect2College’s text message service, which provides targeted help, can be accessed by texting “YES” to 215-458-8592. Additional information and how you can sign up for Connect2College’s services is available at http://PhillyGoes2College.org.
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