The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will provide $1.37 million in emergency funding to help eligible low-income Mainers heat their homes this winter.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, helps eligible families pay for home heating and cooling costs.

The contingency funds released today are in addition to the more than $59 million in LIHEAP funding that was already allocated for Maine during the current fiscal year.

“During these times of economic uncertainty, far too many Americans face difficulties affording the basics, such as utilities,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency. For more information, go to the agency’s website.