Maine will receive an additional $3.4 million in funding through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, in addition to the $35 million already allocated in October. 

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Senator Susan Collins called the LIHEAP program "one of the most effective tools to help low income seniors and less-fortunate families keep warm during the long, cold winter."   Collins said she is pleased that the Administration "moved quickly to distribute the remaining funds to help some 50,000 people in Maine.”

Senator Angus King said, “The release of these funds will be welcome news to thousands of low-income Mainers who, in the midst of a frigid Maine winter, worry every day about having to make the impossible choice between food, vital medications, or heat for their homes."

According to the National Energy Assistance Director's Association, more than 90 percent of LIHEAP recipients have at least one household member who is a child, elderly, or disabled, and 20 percent of households include at least one veteran.