Over 1.4 million people could lose federal energy aid as a record number of Americans fall behind on utility bills (CNN)

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    Over 1.4 million people could lose federal energy aid as a record number of Americans fall behind on utility bills – By Tami Luhby (CNN) / Jan 28, 2024

    CNN — When an Arctic blast hit Massachusetts earlier this month, the phones started ringing more frequently at Citizens for Citizens. Desperate residents in the southeastern part of the state needed help with their mounting energy bills.

    But the nonprofit group had to tell many of the callers that it could not rescue them this time. Congress is on track to allocate $2 billion less for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, so Massachusetts has been forced to cut the amount of aid it can give people in need.

    Last year, residents who heat with oil could get up to $2,350 of their tab paid, while those who use electricity or natural gas could get up to $1,550. But this year, the maximums are $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. So folks who already received the maximum amount of assistance but need another oil delivery, for instance, are out of luck.

    “It’s January, and people are cold,” said Liz Berube, Citizens for Citizens’ executive director, who is also seeing more first-time applicants this winter.
    “It’s heartbreaking for us to tell someone we don’t have anything for you.”

    CONTINUE > https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/28/politics/liheap-energy-bills/index.html

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