- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is getting a $35.3 million payment from the federal government to help residents heat their homes this coming winter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. About $1.3 million of the award is being set aside for Maine’s American Indian Tribes.

All told, more than $3 billion is being handed out to states nationally

Deborah Turcotte from the Maine State Housing Authority, which manages the program and distributes the money, says the state hopes to receive a second allocation in February, bringing the total to about $38 million. That’s comparable to last year.

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