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Senators Announce Federal Energy Assistance for Low Income Families

Mikulski & Cardin for featured imageSenators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced today that $66,017,758 in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“No family should be forced to choose between paying the heating bill and putting food on the table,” said Mikulski. “Too many people are being stretched and stressed by high energy costs. This critical energy assistance for low income families will help those most in need care for themselves and their families as winter approaches.”

“This is good news for low-income Maryland families who now know that their homes will be safe and warm during the cold winter months. LIHEAP is an indispensable lifeline for the most vulnerable among us,” said Cardin. “As temperatures begin to drop, I want struggling Marylanders to know that they have strong federal partners to provide the assistance they need to help prevent utility-shut offs this winter.”

In fiscal year 2015, Maryland LIHEAP provided 111,071 households with LIHEAP financial assistance.

According to a news release from the senators, eligibility for LIHEAP is based on income, family size and the availability of resources. You can find out more, here.

Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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