Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today announced the inclusion of $31,633,000 for Montana in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in the House-passed Continuing Resolution. This is an increase of more than $17 million from last year. LIHEAP is the Federal government's primary means of helping low-income households pay home energy bills and prevent utility shut-offs.
"With energy costs expected to reach record highs this winter, it's now more important than ever to help Montanans in need," said Rehberg, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. "In Montana, keeping warm in the winter isn't a luxury - it's a necessity. With winter right around the corner, this LIHEAP funding is critical."
The Energy Information Administration forecasts that households using home heating oil will pay an average of $2,524 this winter, nearly triple the amount in 2004.