BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – On Friday, the Biden-Harris administration announced a state-by-state breakdown of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Bay State got a large load of cash.
Massachusetts has received a record $307.5 million for the LIHEAP that will be available this fiscal year. These funds will help families struggling with the costs of home heating as the winter progresses.
In addition to an annual appropriation of $120.5 million to the state, Massachusetts received an additional $187.1 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan. Overall, this is the greatest amount the state has ever received in LIHEAP.
To ensure these historic funds are distributed effectively this winter, the Administration has asked states to call on utility providers to expedite aid and avoid shut-offs.
In Massachusetts National Grid and Eversource, as well as delivered fuel trade association NEFI, have committed to proactively use their resources to help in this distribution.