The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, known as LIHEAP or fuel assistance, helps thousands of low-income, elderly and disabled Vermonters stay warm each winter.
This year, Vermont will receive $19.6 million for this program. That’s $8 million less than last winter.
Fortunately, Governor Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders have decided that the state will add $6.1 million in reserve funding to the program to help make up for the shortfall.
“There is bipartisan consensus that the state of Vermont is too good, too decent and too caring to let any Vermonter freeze in their home this winter,” Shumlin said.
Crisis Fuels and WARMTH
Chittenden County, call 1-800-287-7971
Grand Isle County, call 1-800-300-7392
Washington or Lamoille Counties, call 1-800-639-1053.
Call 1-877-563-4645 for more information about one-time deliveries of heating oil or kerosene. Be patient and keep trying if necessary – there is lots of demand for this program.
Help is also available from the Co-op Oil Bank, designed to provide help with oil bills for Co-op members who have lost their job, have serious medical bills, can’t afford to repair their furnace, or are facing other unexpected financial problems.
The Co-op Oil Bank now has 1,600 gallons of heating oil available. We are now accepting contributions from our members to help make at least 2,000 gallons of heating oil and kerosene available this winter. To make your contribution, please call the Energy Co-op of Vermont at (802) 860-4090. Thanks very much.