Heating Bill Help

New Mexico – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing more than $1.7 million in emergency funds to help low-income homeowners and renters in New Mexico with their heating and electricity bills.

Agency Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says communities across the country have seen increased demand on services such as energy assistance for low-income families. She says the funds released Wednesday will help more New Mexico families pay their winter bills.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps eligible families with heating, cooling and other energy costs. The program also helps weatherize homes.

More than six million low-income households across the nation have received help from the program in recent years.

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