The federally funded LIHEAP provides cash grants to help income-eligible homeowners or renters pay for home heating fuel. The state Department of Public Welfare expects the LIHEAP funding from the federal government to be cut in half. Last year, the state received $326 million in funding. The expectation for this winter is $163 million, said Carey Miller, the department’s spokeswoman. Thus, the department has changed the eligibility levels for funding, as well as the maximum amounts people can receive.
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