WASHINGTON — Maine is getting $2.8 million more to help low-income residents pay for home heating oil.
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Tuesday that Maine will receive an additional $2,892,681 in emergency contingency funding through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $200 million in emergency contingency funds being released across the nation are in addition to the basic LIHEAP funding made available to states since Oct. 1 totaling $3.9 billion for Fiscal Year 2011. The total allocated funds for Maine in Fiscal Year 2011 now stand at $54,239,155, according to Snowe.
“Increased heating expenses could exacerbate the economic storm weathered by families and businesses throughout Maine this year so this additional funding will truly prove vital,” Snowe said. “With heating oil prices on average 17 percent higher than last year while Maine’s unemployment level remains at 7.3 percent, the LIHEAP program is a critical lifeline for thousands of Mainers to stay warm during the upcoming winter months.”
LIHEAP is a federal block grant program that provides states with annual funding to operate home energy assistance programs for seniors and low-income households.
LIHEAP agency contacts include:
Aroostook County: Aroostook County Action Program (207-764-3721; 800-585-3053);
Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, and Somerset counties: Kennebec Valley Community Action Program (207-859-1500; 800-542-8227);
Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties: Penquis Community Action Program (207-973-3500; 800-215-4942);
Waldo County: Waldo Community Action Partners (207-338-6809; 800-498-3025);
Washington and Hancock counties: Washington-Hancock Community Agency (207-546-7544; 800-828-7544).