Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced the state will get $16.9 million in heating assistance.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, along with Congressman Peter Welch, who advocated for the early release of federal home heating aid, made the announcement Friday.
In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:
“With temperatures dropping in Vermont, the immediate release of this money is welcome news. Energy assistance is a critical lifeline for countless Vermonters, and we must redouble our efforts to protect this vital safety net program, which is under attack by the Trump Administration.”
Last heating season, LIHEAP benefit paid eligible Vermonters an average of $831, covering 50 percent of their fuel costs. This season, it’s expected to pay $879, an estimated 53 percent of costs for eligible households.
Vermonters looking for home heating assistance should call 1-800-479-6151, or head to the Department for Children and Families website.