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November 04. 2013 6:38PM

Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte call for release of heating aid funds

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have joined 38 other senators to call on the Obama administration to release federal heating aid funds.

The senators sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as soon as possible so that low-income families and seniors in New Hampshire have access to this critical assistance during the fast approaching winter months.

“As the relevant state agencies begin to provide assistance for this winter, it is critical that they have the resources to assist low-income households and seniors as soon as possible,” the senators wrote. “Therefore, we request that you quickly release LIHEAP funds and at as high of a level as possible in order to allow states and low-income households to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Recently, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Winter Fuels Outlook report, which projects that household expenditures for natural gas, propane and electric heating will be higher this winter. Home heating oil prices are expected to be modestly lower. The report also noted that the Northeast is expected to be 3 percent colder than the previous winter.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on income, family size and the availability of resources.


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