Maine’s congressional leaders call for more LIHEAP funding

Published: Dec. 12, 2022 at 6:00 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Two of Maine’s congressional leaders are calling for extra federal funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Sen. Susan Collins and Congressman Jared Golden have requested an additional $500 million in LIHEAP funding in a letter to House and Senate leaders.

This comes as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the cost of heating oil is almost 70% higher than last year and natural gas 20% higher.

The lawmakers say as these prices rise, LIHEAP’s purchasing power goes down, leaving more people at risk.

Maine has already received $42.5 million in federal LIHEAP aid.