Governor Cuomo, Office for the Aging Director Olsen, weigh in on LIHEAP funds
As the cold weather continues to extend itself, so too do deadlines around the country for LIHEAP Emergency Assistance applications from families desperate to keep the heat on during the frigid winter storms around the country, from rural households snowed in from the storms with power lines down in regions like Upstate New York, where the Daily Gazette reported in late February that the state would make another $15 million in energy assistance available to approximately 35,000 families. Governor Cuomo reasoned the weather dictated the necessity of the additional supplement for the simple fact that “families should not have to choose between heating their homes and paying for other essentials like food or medications. With much of the state remaining in winter's icy grasp, the availability of this extra funding will help our most vulnerable New Yorkers stay warm and safe through the duration of the season. I encourage anyone who may need help paying their heating bills this winter to apply for assistance."
With heating oil approaching nearly $3 per gallon, state Office for the Aging Director Greg Olsen argued that “these additional HEAP resources are extremely important to low-income older New Yorkers who are struggling to pay their heating bills during this cold winter. Having additional funds for heating emergencies and extending the application period will help many more older adults and families stay warm this winter. Governor Cuomo consistently delivers for families and the announcement of these resources will limit the risk of utility shut off, running out of fuel or risky behaviors such as heating with stoves or simply going without.”
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