Governor Peter Shumlin is again calling for the use of state funding to supplement the federal home heating assistance program.
Last year the state contributed 6-million dollars to the program to make up for federal cuts. This year the governor wants the state to put up an extra 9-million. Over 28-thousand low-income families are expected to be eligible for help to pay their heating bills this winter. That would put the average benefit at 540 dollars at the current federally funded level. Adding in the state funds would boost the average benefit to 900 dollars. The average household spends about 28-hundred dollars a year on heating costs.
The governor is also changing the way heating funds are paid out -- making payments immediately as needed rather than on a once-monthly basis.
For information on how to apply for heating assistance, click here.
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