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DHHS releases $35 million for LIHEAP

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced on Nov. 1 that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released $34,982,669 in funding for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grantees in Maine.  

The announcement follows a bipartisan letter authored by Senators Collins and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, last month urging HHS to release funds for LIHEAP as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.  Senators Collins and Reed’s letter was signed by a total of 39 bipartisan Senators, including Senator Angus King (I-ME).

“Access to affordable home energy during the cold winter months is a matter of health and safety for many low-income households, children, and seniors in Maine,” said Collins.  “The LIHEAP program remains an indispensable lifeline that prevent Mainers from having to make the impossible choice between paying for heat and paying for food or medicine.”

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