Pennsylvania Welfare Department
The Pennsylvania Welfare Department is working on a backlog of applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance. The program closes at the end of the month, but thousands of people are still waiting for help.
“You’re talking about tens of millions of dollars that are being misspent that could be properly applied to people who truly need this program,” Auditor General Jack Wagner said. “This is a $257-million program. It serves over 400,000 Pennsylvania families and we need to get it right.”
A disability rights group filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Pennsylvania Welfare Department to try to increase the speed at which applications for certain benefits are processed.