It’s a pleasure to share another edition of the First District Connection with you. Today I’d like to tell you about:
- My “Senior Health and Safety Tips” event
- Free eye exams for children
- How switching power companies could help you, and;
- A LIHEAP extension
As always, thank you for your support and don’t hesitate to contact me or my staff if we can be of any assistance.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Neumann Senior Expo
My “Senior Health and Safety Tip Expo” will be May 1 at Neumann South Senior Housing, 1601 E. Palmer St., from 10 a.m. to noon. It will include free blood pressure screenings, senior safety and fire prevention tips, and a lite lunch. Presentations will be held by the Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing, PA State Police and the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Seating is limited so please RSVP at 215-952-3121.
Give Kids Sight Day
Get free eye exams and glasses for children Saturday, April 12, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Wills Eye Hospital Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust St. on the Thomas Jefferson University campus.
No appointments necessary – just walk in. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis.
No health insurance? No problem! Children must come with a parent or guardian and each child who participates will receive 2 free SEPTA tokens! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-563-5848.
How Switching Power Can Help
Depending on where you live, you may be able to save money by switching your electric supplier.
Pennsylvanians can choose the company that generates their electricity, which means you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who offers the lowest price or provides a specific service you want, such as green/renewable energy.
Find more information
LIHEAP Extended Through April 18th
April 18 is fast approaching! It is the last day to apply for federal LIHEAP program assistance to help ypu pay your utility bills.
So far this season, more than $8 million in LIHEAP assistance has helped about 25,000 PECO electric and natural gas customers pay their bills. Last year, LIHEAP provided PECO customers with more than 63,000 grants to nearly 44,000 customers for more than $14.5 million.
If you qualify, you could receive a cash grant of up to $1,000. The money would be paid directly to a vendor, such as a utility like PECO. The maximum crisis grant this year is $500 per customer.
Household income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines, or $17,235 for one person, $23,265 for a two-person household, $29,295 for three, and $35,325 for four. With larger households, add $6,030 for each additional person.
LIHEAP applications are available at county assistance offices, local utility companies and community service agencies, such as Area Agencies on Aging or community action agencies.
You may call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095, Monday through Friday, for help. Individuals with hearing impairments may call the TDD number at 1-800-451- 5886.
Applications can also be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us.
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