Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — Maine officials are projecting that the state will receive about $5 million less in federal heating assistance funds this winter compared to last year.
The Maine State Housing Authority says President Barack Obama's proposed budget includes a 13 percent cut nationally for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds.
Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte says if Congress passes the president's budget as now proposed, Maine could expect to get $33.5 million in funding this winter, down from $38.5 million last year.
More than 58,000 Maine households received LIHEAP funds last year, at an average benefit of $484.
If Obama's budget passes as written, the state is projecting that about 54,000 households will receive an average of $463 each in LIHEAP assistanc