The countdown starts for the eligible residents of Maine can start applying for assistance with their energy costs with their heating expenses for the fiscal year 2024. The application will start on July 17.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Source: MauiNow)

Submission of Application Will be Accepted Soon

From the news reported by The Gazette, state applications for Maine’s Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2023–2024 heating season open on July 17. According to the Maine State Housing Authority, the program provides aid energy costs with heating expenditures, including fuel and emergency fuel delivery. The state advises people who need assistance with their energy costs to apply as soon as possible.

The maximum monthly gross income necessary to be eligible for benefits for the 2023–2024 season is $2,723 for a household of one person and $6,074 for a household of five. All 50 states offer energy cost assistance, heating aid, and some also offer cooling assistance during the warmer months. Maine doesn’t provide any cooling aid. 28 states and the District of Columbia offer cooling aid through LIHEAP, with each offering a varying amount of funding to help low-income residents stay cool during warm weather.

Heat pumps and air conditioners can both be purchased, installed, or repaired using LIHEAP cooling assistance funds. Among other acceptable expenses, the cash can be used to pay utility bills or security deposits for running cooling equipment.

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