Tenn. hopes to double heating assistance program - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tenn. hopes to double heating assistance program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has been awarded an $80 million federal grant to help low-income families pay for their heating bills.

Officials at the state Department of Health and Human Services hope the money will help them double the number of households that can get a break on their utility bills.

Last year about 60,000 homes received help under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program.

Gov. Phil Bredesen says the assistance is could be key for families try to cope with a worsening economic conditions.

The program is available to households that earn less than 125 percent of the federal poverty rate. For example, a family of four with an income of less than $26,500 would be eligible.            

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