Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

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Democratic Senator  Patrick Leahy is decrying proposed federal cuts to heating and weatherization programs for the poor.

On the heels of one of the coldest Februaries on record, New York State is now taking applications from those who need a second emergency benefit from the heating assistance program.


Vermont Democrat Peter Welch and New York Republican Peter King are leading a group of House members calling for increased federal heating assistance funding.


Some of the region’s Congressional representatives are calling for an increase in funding to the program that provides heating assistance to low income families.


Low-income Vermonters will be getting nearly $18.5 million in federal heating assistance funds.


Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Emergency Board have approved an additional $2.1 million in funding to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter.

Heat, Rent Subsidies In Danger If Shutdown Lingers

Oct 11, 2013
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Millions of low-income Americans in Massachusetts could face delays in receiving help paying their heating bills and monthly rent if the federal government shutdown lingers several more weeks.

That's according to local agencies and state officials who administer the programs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, and a voucher program that allows poor families, seniors and the disabled live in private rental units could be impacted starting next month.

Advocates for low-income families in Massachusetts are calling on the state and federal governments to increase funding for fuel assistance programs in the shadow of sequestration.

In a few short days, members of Congress must vote to avoid the series of across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, but if not; many programs that benefit the neediest families will have their budgets slashed mid-year.

Demand for heating assistance is rising in Vermont, and Governor Peter Shumlin is asking the Legislature to approve additional heating assistance funds for this winter.

Vermont’s Governor was joined by key lawmakers and advocates Tuesday as he called for 8.8 million dollars in additional state funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, known as LIHEAP.

The Governor plans to meet with the Legislature’s Emergency Board next week to get approval for the additional funds.