Vermont boosts low-income heating assistance funding
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - With energy prices continuing to take a bite out of many families’ budgets, Vermont officials are earmarking more funds for low-income heating assistance.
Fuel prices are expected to average $4.81 a gallon this winter, nearly double from three years ago, according to the Vermont Fuel Dealer’s Association.
A key legislative committee Monday approved an additional $5.8 million in state funds to help pay for home heating costs.
“Without the Legislature stepping in, we would have a low benefit this year to low-income Vermonters. And we have also heard that some fuel dealers would not deliver such a small amount of fuel -- since it was 175 gallons,” said Vermont DCF Commissioner Harry Chen.
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