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Welcome to "Mike's Memo," an update on what's happening in the 48th Legislative District, the State Capitol, and the progress of my legislative priorities. If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to visit my website at www.senatorfolmer.com to learn more about issues that may affect you and your family.

Week of January 19, 2015

PHEAA Offering Free FAFSA Completion Sessions
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is offering Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Sessions, at no cost, through the month of April. FAFSA is the federal form that all students must submit to determine eligibility for most types of need and income-based financial assistance, including: the Pennsylvania State Grant, the Federal Pell Grant, the Pennsylvania Targeted Industry Program (PA-TIP), work-study programs, various scholarships (including the Ready to Succeed Scholarship Program) and federal student loans. A schedule of FAFSA Completion Sessions is available at PHEAA.org under College Planning – FAFSA.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is accepting applications. LIHEAP offers cash grants sent directly to individuals’ utility company or fuel provider to be credited to the customer’s account. The program also issues crisis grants for emergencies, such as: broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service, less than a 15-day supply of fuel or a 60-day notice of termination of utility service.

Eligibility begins, for a household of one, with an income limit of $17,505 and increases by $6,090 per additional household resident. Applications for LIHEAP are accepted online or at any County Assistance Office (CAO). For additional information or questions, contact your local CAO or call 1-866-857-7095.

Staff Study on Existing Evidence-Based Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Representative Julie Harhart's House Resolution 163 (PN 1883), adopted by the PA House of Representatives in June 2013, directed the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a staff study on existing evidence-based child abuse and neglect prevention programs throughout the Commonwealth and nationwide.

The full report is available at http://jsg.legis.state.pa.us/, and identifies effectiveness, relative costs, and opportunities to incorporate child abuse and neglect prevention methods for Commonwealth programs and policies.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Department of the Auditor General
The Department of the Auditor General is responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent legally and properly and that state-funded programs are operated efficiently and effectively. To make it easier for Pennsylvanians to report suspected misuse, fraud, or wasted state tax dollars, the Department launched an online initiative: www.MakePABetter.com


Contact Information
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