Gov. Janet Mills is asking federal officers to extend funding for a key program that helps tens of hundreds of Maine households warmth their houses.
Maine is slated to obtain about $39 million from the federal authorities for the Low Earnings Dwelling Vitality Help Program, or LIHEAP. However with heating oil costs averaging almost $5 a gallon, Mills despatched a letter to Well being and Human Providers Secretary Xavier Becerra urging him to “search all avenues to offer extra LIHEAP funding for Maine.”
Mills can be asking the division to increase LIHEAP’s eligibility tips.
Roughly 60 p.c of Maine houses depend on oil for warmth, in contrast with 4 p.c nationally. A one-time inflow of federal stimulus cash final yr allowed MaineHousing to offer a couple of tank and a half of heating oil to LIHEAP shoppers. However with sky-high oil costs, officers say they’ll solely be capable of supply half a tank of oil this season except Maine receives extra federal cash.
This story seems by way of a media partnership with Maine Public.
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