Cheri Honkala and PPEHRC File Criminal Charges against PA Official for Leaving Thousands Without Gas

Cheri Honkala Entering the Office of the District Attorney

On Tuesday afternoon, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and allies filed criminal charges against Catherine Buhrig, the Director of Federal Services for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  PPEHRC has charged Buhrig with simple assault because of her failure to fulfill her duty of processing all Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program applications within 30 days.  Due to her irresponsible actions, an estimated 9,000 families in Philadelphia and statewide are living without gas in their homes.  For now these families do not have gas to cook their food and heat their water. However, once winter arrives they will also be living without heat.

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