Rep. Reinstein urges continued advocacy of heating assistance
REVERE – Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere) is urging the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to continue their support of increased funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Cuts have led to significant funding reductions for heating assistance programs such as LIHEAP.
The program helps the lowest income people and families in the Commonwealth heat their homes and financial support is down greatly from last year.
“The lack of funding during these the coldest months’ of the year causes incredible hardship for those who are in dire need of heating assistance,” Representative Reinstein stated in her letter.
“No one should be forced to decide between paying for heat or food. Thank you for realizing the importance of this issue and I urge you to continue your advocacy for the funding of heating assistance.”
Congress has appropriated additional funding but Health & Human Services have not released the funds to date. The release of this funding could mean an additional $33 million for the Commonwealth and its citizens in need of heating assistance.