[Hpn] LIHEAP FUND INCREASE FOR NH 1.6 MILLION MORE FOR CASH STRAPPED FAMILIES

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:27:23 -0500


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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration on Friday released $40 million =
in emergency relief funds to 11 states, including nearly $5 million for =
Massachusetts, to help poor people cope with high heating bills.

Federal officials said they want to ensure families are protected during =
the coldest time of year.

. Lawmakers and heating aid advocates had pressed President Bush to =
provide additional funding to states through the Low Income Home Energy =
Assistance Program.

Record home heating oil prices have squeezed cash-strapped households =
this winter. Residents in the Northeast, which depends on oil heat more =
than other regions, have struggled with oil prices that have topped $3 a =
gallon.=20

. "This help is essential for low-income families around the =
Commonwealth who are suffering because of the soaring cost of heating =
oil," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in a statement.=20

New England states are among the 11 states slated to get the new money. =
Connecticut will get $3.3 million in emergency aid; while Maine is in =
line for $3.8 million. New Hampshire will get $1.6 million. Rhode =
Island's share is $843,229. Vermont will get $1.2 million.

. "When temperatures drop, heating bills rise for many Rhode Island =
families," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I. "This additional funding will =
help lift the burden on many seniors and parents who need help paying =
their energy bills."

Congress last year approved roughly $2.6 billion for LIHEAP, and Bush =
signed the measure on Dec. 26. It's about $409 million more than last =
winter, but fuel aid advocates had warned that it wasn't enough to keep =
pace with record oil prices.

The Bush administration in January had released $450 million in =
emergency energy relief funds. After Friday's latest round of emergency =
fuel aid, there is $121 million dollars left in emergency contingency =
funding, officials said.

Federal officials said more than 5 million low-income households receive =
LIHEAP aid each year for winter home heating and summer cooling.=20


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<P><FONT class=3Dbodytext>WASHINGTON (AP) =96 The Bush administration on =
Friday=20
released $40 million in emergency relief funds to 11 states, including =
nearly $5=20
million for Massachusetts, to help poor people cope with high heating=20
bills.<BR><BR>Federal officials said they want to ensure families are =
protected=20
during the coldest time of year.<BR><BR>=95 Lawmakers and heating aid =
advocates=20
had pressed President Bush to provide additional funding to states =
through the=20
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.<BR><BR>Record home heating =
oil prices=20
have squeezed cash-strapped households this winter. Residents in the =
Northeast,=20
which depends on oil heat more than other regions, have struggled with =
oil=20
prices that have topped $3 a gallon. <BR><BR>=95 "This help is essential =
for=20
low-income families around the Commonwealth who are suffering because of =
the=20
soaring cost of heating oil," Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said in a =
statement.=20
<BR><BR>New England states are among the 11 states slated to get the new =
money.=20
Connecticut will get $3.3 million in emergency aid; while Maine is in =
line for=20
$3.8 million. New Hampshire will get $1.6 million. Rhode Island's share =
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$843,229. Vermont will get $1.2 million.<BR><BR>=95 "When temperatures =
drop,=20
heating bills rise for many Rhode Island families," said Sen. Jack Reed, =
D-R.I.=20
"This additional funding will help lift the burden on many seniors and =
parents=20
who need help paying their energy bills."<BR><BR>Congress last year =
approved=20
roughly $2.6 billion for LIHEAP, and Bush signed the measure on Dec. 26. =
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about $409 million more than last winter, but fuel aid advocates had =
warned that=20
it wasn't enough to keep pace with record oil prices.<BR><BR>The Bush=20
administration in January had released $450 million in emergency energy =
relief=20
funds. After Friday's latest round of emergency fuel aid, there is $121 =
million=20
dollars left in emergency contingency funding, officials =
said.<BR><BR>Federal=20
officials said more than 5 million low-income households receive LIHEAP =
aid each=20
year for winter home heating and summer cooling. </FONT></P></DIV>
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