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Federal assistance for Md families

October 23rd, 2015 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that $64,818,928 in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In fiscal year 2014, Maryland LIHEAP provided 117,748 households with LIHEAP financial assistance.

“No family should be forced to choose between paying the heating bill and putting food on the table,” Senator Mikulski said. “Too many people are being stretched and stressed by high energy costs. This critical energy assistance for low income families will help those most in need care for themselves and their families as winter approaches.”

“LIHEAP is an indispensable lifeline for the most vulnerable among us. Seniors facing economic hardships and low-income families never should have to make grim choices over which basic necessities they can afford, and LIHEAP helps ensure that they never reach this point,” said Senator Cardin. “I want struggling Marylanders to know that they have strong federal partners to provide the assistance they need, and I appreciate the responsiveness of the Department of Health and Human Services to our requests that this funding be made available.” 

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