Fuel Funds Short, a Long Winter Ahead

Andrew Larson | January 18, 2012 | Inc; Dr. James Gatling; LIHEAP; Energy Assistance; Heating Assistance; Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program; Community Action; CAFCA, NOI

WOLCOTT — Rose Langley has plenty to worry about, from the responsibility of raising two daughters on her own, to keeping up with demands at work.

But until this year, access to home heating fuel was never a problem. Then, last fall, the federal government made drastic cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps needy families obtain heat at little or no cost.

The program is administered in Greater Waterbury and Torrington by New Opportunities Inc. An official at the agency said Tuesday that she believes there are numerous other families in the region at risk of running out of fuel, though there were no firm figures available.

Larson, Andrew. The Republican-American. "Fuel funds short, long winter ahead." January 18, 2012.

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