NM Utility Assistance Program

New Mexico – The state is providing additional financial help to New Mexicans for winter heating bills.

The Human Services Department said Wednesday that qualified families on average can get an extra $40 from the low-income home energy assistance program.

About 60,000 New Mexicans have received benefits of averaging $151 per household. The state is offering more assistance because money remains available in the program.

Participating families will automatically get the extra benefit if they are in the same house and using the same energy company since receiving their initial assistance. Those who have moved need to contact a state Income Support Division office.

People can still apply for the program. A family of four with monthly income of about $2,700 can qualify.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.