Energy assistance program for low income families could see cuts

WFMJ Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Home heating oil is projected to be at its highest price ever during this coming winter.

Yet, Congress is looking at cutting heating assistance to states in the north.

Edna Vazquex and more than 426-thousand seniors and families in Ohio rely on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, also called LIHEAP, to stay warm and keep their utilities connected.

Her daughter tells 21 News it's a struggle for families. "Without this program there would be a lot of people out there without their gas, without their heat. Like I said before, excellent program. Even working two or three jobs, it's still hard," said Youngstown resident Equilla Roberson.

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