Welcome! Login | Register
 

Russ Moore: Sorry Raimondo, Summits Won’t Fix Our Economy—Russ Moore: Sorry Raimondo, Summits Won't Fix Our…

Dr. Downtown, David Brussat: Hard to Out-Ege Providence—Last month, Travel + Leisure ranked Providence No.…

Finneran: Crime and Punishment—I write of Sony Pictures Entertainment whose computer…

Pats Escape New York With 17-16 Win—Patriots Win in New York, Clinch first round…

Smart Benefits: CMS Issues Proposed Rule on Definition of Spouse—This month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…

Small Biz in A Digital Age: Cross-Promoting—The world of business is moving faster --…

Starks Jumper with 1.3 Seconds Left Lifts Bryant Over Denver, 48-46—Starks lifts Bryant over Denver, 48-46

RI Health Department Releases 10 Food Safety Tips for the Holidays—The Rhode Island Health Department (HEALTH) has released…

Sky Chiefs Bounce Back, Roll Spirit 119-109—Sky Chiefs bounce back with 119-109 win over…

25 Great Last Minute Local Gifts in RI—Still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping? Check out…

 
 

NEW: Sen. Reed Announces $22.8 Million for RI Winter Heat Aid

Friday, November 09, 2012

 

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today announced that the Obama Administration is releasing $3.1 billion in low-income heating assistance funds under the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution. Under this release, Rhode Island will receive $22.8 million.

Earlier this year, Senators Reed and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) led the bipartisan effort to include language in the current continuing resolution that specifies that the Obama Administration shall allocate federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding at the Fiscal Year 2012 level of $3.47 billion. Without the Reed-Snowe language, the program could have been reduced to as little as $2.82 billion during the winter months.

“I am pleased the Obama Administration is releasing this vital heating assistance. LIHEAP helps families in need deal with heating and financial challenges during the cold winter months. With winter approaching it is critical to speed this assistance to seniors and low-income families in time to help with their heating bills,” said Reed, noting that last year, Rhode Island received $23.2 million in LIHEAP funding, which helped approximately 32,000 households throughout the state.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), most states will soon receive 90% of their full year allocations under the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution except for Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. These states will receive the percentage of their full year allocation they requested in their annual state plans, which is less than 90% for the first two quarters of the year.

“LIHEAP funds are now available for folks needing assistance with their energy bills. Residents seeking LIHEAP aid may schedule an appointment with their local Community Action Partnership office to apply. We want to ensure seniors and families stay safe and warm this winter,” said Reed.

Rhode Islanders wishing to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program may go to the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources website to get more information about the program and application process. Or, Rhode Islanders may contact their local Community Action Program (CAP) Agency.

Eligibility guidelines for the 2012-13 LIHEAP season are the same as last year and are set at 60% of the Rhode Island median income.

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
 
:)