About 23,0000 low income Vermont families will be getting some extra help with this winter’s heating bills.
Gov. Jim Douglas says an additional $3.8 million will be released through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The money will be on top of about $18 million in LIHEAP funding already set aside to help Vermonters pay their heating bills.
Eligible families should expect to receive their additional benefit before the end of February.
Douglas says Vermont provides the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, which averages about $1,169 per household.
Families that might be eligible for LIHEAP funding, but haven’t applied have until the end of the month to do so.