LePage seeks plan to help Mainers heat homes

Posted Dec. 23, 2011, at 5:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is asking two Maine agencies to develop a contingency plan to provide Mainers with heating assistance by next Tuesday.

LePage on Thursday asked the Maine State Housing Authority and Efficiency Maine Trust to develop a contingency plan to address the unmet needs should Congress fail to appropriate sufficient funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program this winter season.

The governor’s request came as states got an additional $845 million in home heating aid. The government allotted $6.2 million more for Maine, which brings Maine’s current total to roughly $30 million, compared with last year’s $56.5 million.

Last winter, about 63,500 Maine households received heat assistance.