GREGG, SUNUNU, BASS, BRADLEY ANNOUNCE $8.3 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL LIHEAP RESOURCES
Disbursement brings state total to nearly $25 million for FY 2006
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. United States Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu (R-NH) and Congressmen Charles Bass and Jeb Bradley (R-NH) announced today that New Hampshire is set to receive an additional $8.3 million through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help individuals and families pay their heating bills. Earlier this month, the state's Congressional delegation voted to approve legislation that would allocate $1 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 LIHEAP funds to be used in Fiscal Year 2006 instead. The President signed this bill into law on Monday making these funds available.
"There remains a need to help those who are most vulnerable in our communities to stay warm and assist with the high cost of heating their homes. Substantial increases in heating costs are particularly burdensome for seniors and low-income families, highlighting the need to deliver strong federal support for LIHEAP this year. These resources, in addition to Fiscal Year 2006 funds New Hampshire has already received for the program, will help ensure that those who are most in need of assistance are able to afford their energy bills," said Gregg, Sununu, Bass, and Bradley.