Massachusetts Receives Historic $307.5 Million From American Rescue Plan

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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.

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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.

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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.

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