BOSTON – State Representative Alyson Sullivan, (R- Abington), recently joined with her colleagues to allocate $30 million in funding for home heating assistance for low-income elders and working families.
The funding, which will help to offset federal cutbacks in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), was included as part of a $135 million supplemental budget approved by the House of Representatives on February 27 on a vote of 154-0.
“Many seniors and families in Abington, East Bridgewater, Whitman and across the state have been dealing with the crushing blow of heating bills this winter,” said Representative Sullivan. “The money approved by the House this week will help to alleviate some of that financial burden on our most vulnerable citizens.”
Representative Sullivan noted that the fuel assistance funding would be available until June 30, 2020, allowing the state to continue to assist individuals and families both this winter and next.
The supplemental budget also includes:
- $10 million for the emergency housing assistance program for family shelters;
- $1.4 million for the Department of Public Utilities to conduct an independent statewide examination of the safety of the Commonwealth’s gas distribution infrastructure;
- $8 million for the State Police Crime Laboratory to address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits; and
- $494,662 for the operation of the Sex Offender Registry Board
The supplemental budget now heads to the Senate for further action.