State Representatives Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) on August 21st supported a bi-partisan, unanimous agreement to provide fuel assistance to low income families across Connecticut regardless of how they heat their homes this winter. During a joint meeting of the Appropriations, Energy, and Human Services committees, both Staneski and Ferraro voted unanimously for the federal block grant LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Plan) that helps low income households cover the costs of deliverable fuels.
The Department of Social Services is expecting the federal government to allocate the same amount as last year, $80.74 million. According to the Department of Social Services 80,000 Connecticut families were eligible to receive heating assistance last winter.
“This is a public safety issue and it is absolutely necessary for those on fixed incomes, particularly our Orange and Milford families who are struggling,” Rep. Staneski said. “The LIHEAP program is a lifeline to many and I’m pleased we’re able to reach a bipartisan agreement,” said Rep. Staneski.
“Government should always be there for those that need our help the most,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We must protect programs like LIHEAP and I hope the Federal Government continues to provide this relief to thousands of homeowners who are struggling or on fixed incomes.”
The first fuel delivery available for coverage under the program is November 14, 2018 and the last day to submit deliverable fuel bills is May 31, 2019. Basic Benefits are determined based on income, household size, vulnerability and liquid assets. Vulnerable households and households with the lowest incomes receive the highest awards.