Maine, NH to get large heating-assistance increase

Posted Jan. 12, 2011, at 6:28 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — More money is coming to Maine and New Hampshire to help low-income residents pay for home heating oil.

Sen. Olympia Snowe says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to send Maine an additional $23 million in funding from the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says New Hampshire will get $13 million more.

Snowe says Maine is now expected to receive $51.7 million in LIHEAP funds this winter, which is down less than $1 million from last year.

Officials last fall were projecting that LIHEAP funding could be facing a 40 percent cut.