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Mass. to receive $11.9 million in heating assistance
By Globe Staff
Massachusetts will be given more than $11.9 million to help low-income homeowners and renters meet their heating needs this fall and winter, the federal government said today.
"This emergency aid will provide extra resources so Massachusetts can better support its most vulnerable citizens, whether young, elderly or disabled," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.
The funds come from the federal government's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The government is releasing more than $131 million nationally.
"With winter coming, I commend the Department for releasing these vital funds at this time to help keep our citizens safe and warm in the coming months. No family in need should be denied the support they deserve to help keep their home warm," US Senator Edward M. Kennedy said in a statement.