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In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office. She was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. She is a Democrat. (stock photo)


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WASHINGTON DC –  In an effort to help more Massachusetts residents reduce their home energy costs, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that Massachusettts is getting an additional $37 million and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will receive an additional $55,000 through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), thanks to the Biden Administration releasing $1 billion in LIHEAP aid to states nationwide.

“No family should have to choose between paying their energy bills and putting food on the table during the cold winter months,” said Senator Warren. “LIHEAP is a lifeline for our communities – and I’ll keep fighting to lower energy costs for families across Massachusetts so they aren’t faced with this impossible choice.” 

This latest allocation brings Massachusetts’s FY 2023 appropriation for LIHEAP up to $196 million so far this year and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appropriation to $294,000. 

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LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills by providing payment and energy crisis assistance to pay for gas, electric, and other methods customers use to heat their homes. Nationwide, an estimated 5.3 million households received assistance with heating and cooling costs through LIHEAP. Over 130,000 Massachusetts households received LIHEAP funding last winter. 

Earlier this month, Senator Warren joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and thirty other senators in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the swift allocation of remaining emergency LIHEAP funds. After this latest $1 billion drawdown, HHS still has about $500 million in LIHEAP reserves that will be distributed to states later this year.

Massachusetts residents wishing to apply for LIHEAP may visit the Massachusetts Housing and Community Development website to get more information and links to an online application. 

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.