Nov 15, 2015 10:33 AM

State's heating assistance program to open on Monday

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program, which helps vulnerable families with their heating bills, will open Monday.

Also known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, the program gives assistance to New Hampshire families and seniors whose annual income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline. For a family of four this year, that means an annual maximum income of $48,500. The average benefit for eligible families is expected to be about $650.

New Hampshire's funding of around $26 million has held steady for the past few years. The program served 35,073 households last year with an average benefit of $663.

The program will open ahead of schedule this year because the federal funds have been released early.

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