Keep ME Warm
Tens of thousands of Maine households are struggling to pay for home heating this year. Heating oil prices curently average $3.69 a gallon in Maine. Filling a standard 250 gallon tank costs $922.50, far beyond the resources of many low-income families.
At the same time, federal funding for LIHEAP in Maine has dropped from $54 million in 2011 to $38.5 million this year. Changes in federal eligibility guidelines last year made over 4,000 families and seniors ineligible for LIHEAP. As a result, the denail rate each of the past two years has been 18%, more than double the historic rate. For those receiving assistance, Maine State Housing estimates that the average heating benefit will fall from $802 in 2011 to $556 this winter.
Maine seniors and families need the help of their friends and neighbors to survive this winter.
· How to Contribute
Follow this link: www.keepmewarm.org