PA Must Do More To Keep People Warm Through Winter

HARRISBURG – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said a recent audit of two programs designed to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe through winter found the state failed to spend $5.4 million of federal funding that potentially could have helped 527 families. The federal Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income families reduce energy costs by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes. The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP helps low-income families pay their heating bills. Results of the two audits are combined in a report that includes one finding and three recommendations for LIHEAP along with three findings and 20 recommendations to improve the weatherization assistance program. DePasquale added that they will follow up to determine whether and to what extent all recommendations have been implemented to improve the programs.


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