November 27, 2017
After uncertainty, Massachusetts gets heating assistance funds
“Despite threats that funding would be eliminated in President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget, the state’s home heating program will continue to keep low-income families warm this year, just as temperatures are beginning to drop.
“Now that it’s getting colder, we’re getting busier, and we expect that,” said Garth Patterson, project director for the fuel assistance program at the Fall River-based Citizens for Citizens, a community action agency that serves several cities and towns in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Federal funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, was uncertain for much of the year after Trump’s preliminary budget blueprint called for eliminating the program. The program, which provided states with more than $3.4 billion last year, is the primary source of funding for local fuel assistance programs. The programs provide financial assistance to help low-income families heat their homes in the winter. Last year, fuel assistance programs helped more than 190,000 households.”