AUGUSTA — Maine is getting $34.9 million in federal heating assistance funds this winter.

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Thursday that Maine’s allocation represents 90 percent of the state total funding for the previous year.

The Republican along with Democratic Rhode Island U.S. Sen. Jack Reed secured language in the current continuing resolution that specifies that the administration shall allocate funding at last year’s levels. Last year, Maine received $38 million in aid from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Snowe says the money is “invaluable for our state’s most vulnerable families who will struggle to pay heating bills.”

Last year Congress provided nearly $3.5 billion in LIHEAP funds for low-income households, helping 8.9 million households.


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