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Schumer Calls for So. Tier Heat Funding

By Fox 40 Staff.
Senator Chuck Schumer visited Tioga County Tuesday afternoon to address what he says is the need for immediate release of funds to heat Southern Tier's most vulnerable homes this winter.

Schumer says about 32% of Tioga County homes benefited from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program - or LIHEAP - last winter.
Schumer is now urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide the maximum amount of funding. Schumer says this is vital so that people do not have to choose between heating their homes and putting food on the table.

"If they don't get the money now, they can't start paying their bills. So it doesn't make sense to wait. Similarly, if they only release a small percentage of the HEAP money, say a quarter of it because they don't know if they other nine months will get funded, they won't have enough money to go around," said Senator Schumer.

For more information on HEAP and where to apply in New York State, you can visit www.otda.ny.gov.