Home heating assistance available

WATERBURY — State Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille and Department for Children and Families Commissioner Ken Schatz announced Wednesday that Vermont expects to receive about $18.9 million in federal funds for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

The program is expected to help about 20,000 Vermont households heat their homes this winter by helping them pay their home heating bills.

Households may be eligible for fuel assistance if their gross household incomes (before taxes) are equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, regardless of savings, retirement accounts and/or property owned.

"This program helps low-income Vermonters, especially seniors, people with disabilities and families with children, to stay warm during the winter months," said Secretary Gobeille. "This assistance is critical to their health and well-being."

Last heating season, the LIHEAP benefit paid eligible Vermonters an average of $831, covering 50 percent of their fuel costs. This season it's expected to pay $879, an estimated 53 percent of costs for eligible households.

To learn more about Fuel Assistance, call 1-800-479-6151 or go to dcf.vermont.gov/benefits.

Also, Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas customers who meet income guidelines may be eligible for a discount on their monthly utility bills. To learn more, call 1-800-775-0516 or go to energyhelp.vt.gov.


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