Heating Assistance Down this Year 

Low income households in Maine are expected to receive an average of $553 in heating assistance this winter.Maine Housing Director Dale McCormick says about 64,000 households are expected to be helped by the federal government’s low income home energy assistance program, or LIHEAP.This year’s benefit is far below last winter’s average payout of $844, but McCormick says it’s more in line with historic levels of funding.28-Million dollars in LIHEAP funding is budgeted for Maine this winter. Other funds will add another 4-million dollars in heating help.