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Proposed WA Program Will Reduce Disabled and Senior Citizen’s Utility Bills

February 24, 2017 – Jefferson County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners are working on the final details of a new program that would directly benefit low-income elderly and disabled residents of Jefferson County, Washington.

Kenneth Collins, a Public Utility District commissioner, said he and his colleagues will vote to implement the new program on March 7, 2017. It will be implemented in mid-March if it passes, said Collins.

New Hampshire’s Fuel-Aid Eligibility Guidelines Increased

February 3, 2017 – The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning have increased the income eligibility guidelines for fuel assistance in New Hampshire, which means significantly more families will have access to much-needed fuel assistance this heating season.

“It is life threatening in New Hampshire to run out of fuel,” said LIHEAP manager Celeste Lovett. “Low fuel can be dealt with, but no fuel is dangerous.”

Events Bring Music, Food, Fun and Heating Assistance

January 20, 2017 – Across the country, non-profits and fuel funds are kicking off campaigns to provide low-income energy assistance. In some places, community events are used to raise funds. Vermont and West Virginia are hosting such events in January and February. Vermont will start the “Ski for Heat” event on January 21, and West Virginia will kickoff the “Warming Hands and Hearts” Initiative on February 1.

Vermont’s Ski for Heat Event

Solar Energy Coming to NY’s Low-Income Communities

January 6, 2017 -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in December that $3.6 million in funding is available to increase access to solar energy in low- to moderate-income households (LMI) through the Governor’s NY-Sun Initiative. The initiative will help affordable housing providers and community organizations overcome barriers they often face in advancing solar and clean energy projects for LMI communities.

Lights Out for the Lite-Up Texas Program

January 13, 2017 – Texas has ended the Lite-Up Texas program, which provided energy assistance to nearly 700,000 low-income households in 2015. According to the Public Service Commission (PSC), the program covered 25 to 31 percent of these households’ electricity bills.

Lawmakers created the Lite-Up program in 1999, funded by ratepayers across Texas to assist low-income households on the state’s newly deregulated electricity market. Texans who received Medicaid or food stamps were eligible for the Lite-Up program.

Study Shows Correlation Between Economic Need and Health

December 16—Health Leads is in the news once again this week after findings published in a new report were released on Monday. The report addresses whether meeting the basic resource needs, such as housing, food, transportation and medication, in primary care can help improve patients’ health. Health patients that indicated a need in one or more of these areas were then referred by Health Leads volunteers to available community resources in their area.

Clinic Combats Correlation Between Poverty and Chronic Health Issues

December 2—According to a recent news report, enterprising non-profits and medical providers are looking into providing more thorough healthcare by not only addressing patients’ immediate medical needs, but by improving their quality of life at home. For many years now, studies linking poverty to increased health risks have raised awareness of the issue, but many healthcare providers have no means to address it.

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