Heating Help for Maine Families This Winter
As cold weather descends on Maine, many families are worried about how they will pay for heat this winter.
Fortunately, assistance is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. This vital program helps Maine's most vulnerable residents stay warm when temperatures drop.
LIHEAP is funded by the federal government and administered in Maine by the Maine State Housing Authority. The program provides money to help income-eligible homeowners and renters pay for heating costs. Benefits include help with fuel bills, emergency fuel delivery, and heating system repairs.
To receive LIHEAP aid, applicants must meet income eligibility guidelines. For example, a family of four earning up to $53,000 per year would qualify. People who receive government benefits like SNAP or SSI are automatically eligible.
The best way to apply is through your local Community Action Program office. You can also apply online through the Maine Housing website. Applications are open now, but it's important to apply early as funds are limited.
LIHEAP funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. So far this winter, MaineHousing has helped over 50,000 households through the program. But many more families are still in need, especially as energy costs remain high.
That's why MaineHousing is urging anyone who might qualify to apply for LIHEAP soon. Executive Director Daniel Brennan stated, "We want to spread the word so Mainers can get the heating assistance they desperately need."
Along with the regular program, crisis funds are available for those in immediate danger of running out of heat. LIHEAP truly provides a lifeline for Maine's most vulnerable citizens during the coldest months.
Staying warm shouldn't be a luxury. Programs like LIHEAP help make heat affordable for thousands of Maine families. If you're worried about heating costs this winter, be sure to check your eligibility and apply. With some assistance, we can make it through the winter together.