- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Low-income residents in Vermont who receive heating assistance will see a higher benefit this year.

The average benefit will rise to $865 this year, up from $699 last winter. That’s according to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The state anticipates receiving nearly $19 million in federal funds for the program this year.

The funds will help over 21,500 low-income Vermont households to heat their homes this winter by paying a portion of their home heating bills.

Households may be eligible for assistance if their gross household incomes are equal to or less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, whether they own their homes or rent.

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