WIC Funding Crisis: Yesterday we sent out an Advocacy Alert to our network encouraging people to participate in a National WIC Day of Action and tell Congress to include funding for WIC in the next short-term spending package and fully fund WIC in the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package. If you didn’t have a chance to participate, it’s not too late to speak up for WIC!
Learn more about the crisis and what you can do to help, here.
Election Day: Election Day is around the corner! Make sure to vote next Tuesday November 7. Polls in PA will be open from 7am – 8pm. If you aren’t sure where your polling place is, use the PA Department of State Lookup Tool to find out. Any completed mail-in ballots must be received (not just postmarked) by your county election office by 8pm.
See the ACLU of Pennsylvania for more information about your rights as a voter and if you have any questions or problems on election day, call the Election Protection Coalition at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for assistance in English, 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) for assistance in Spanish, or 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for assistance in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Earlier this week, the PA Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that LIHEAP is open for the 2023-2024 season. LIHEAP is a program that provides assistance for home heating bills so that Pennsylvanians with low incomes can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Applications for LIHEAP, which is available to both renters and homeowners, will be open from November 1, 2023 – April 5, 2024. To be eligible for LIHEAP, household income cannot exceed 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see this chart). You can apply for LIHEAP online or fill out a paper application in English or Spanish and return it to your local County Assistance Office. For more information, visit the DHS LIHEAP website or see the DHS LIHEAP Brochure in English or Spanish.
LIHEAP and South District Office Reopened: Just in time for the start of LIHEAP season, the LIHEAP and South District Office (1163 South Broad Street) has reopened. Remember, you can still receive service for LIHEAP at your local district office.
LIHEAP also has a temporary fax number: 215-218-4650. We will update you when the main number is once again available!