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Shaheen, Ayotte Welcome Release of LIHEAP Funding for New Hampshire

Funds benefit low-income New Hampshire families and seniors with energy bills during winter season

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent announcement that New Hampshire will receive more than $23 million in assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

“We are pleased that HHS has released these funds, which provide a critical means of support during the rapidly approaching cold winter months,” said Senators Shaheen and Ayotte. “This assistance is vital for low-income families and seniors who struggle to pay their energy bills and will help prevent them from being forced to choose between heating their homes and buying necessary food or medicine.”

Shaheen and Ayotte have been strong supporters of the program and have continually called for sufficient funding. Earlier this month, the senators joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to call on HHS to release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at as high a level as possible to aid low-income families and seniors at winter approaches. Earlier this year, the senators announced the release of an additional $2.27 million in LIHEAP funding for New Hampshire from the initial fiscal year 2015 release.