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Fully fund fuel assistance

    1. Petition by

      Greenfield Human Rights Commission

Low income residents who depend on the federal LIHEAP fuel assistance program in our community are in jeopardy of losing their heat this winter after the holidays. Their grants have been cut almost in half, if not more, due to an approximate 50% reduction in the funding to the program by the federal government. Accordingly, our citizens' homes and well being are at risk. Locally, our Community Action program, which administers such fuel assistance to more than 10,000 households in Franklin and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts, has been given a preliminary budget of just over $3 million, as compared to last year's $7.3 million. Estimates from this preliminary budget place the maximum fuel assistance benefit per household at $400-$500. Last year the maximum benefit was $1,100. It is believed that this will cover about one heating bill or 150 gallons of oil for our low income residents this winter. It is further believed, based upon testimony before the Greenfield Human Rights Commission, that if partial or full funding is not restored, such residents will begin losing their heat around the first of the year.

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    • Ivan Brandon ROCKVILLE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this petition because I work with the National Fuel Funds Network and we support all efforts to maintain adequate funding for LIHEAP.

      I would urge anyone signing this petition to also sign the National Fuel Funds Network's petition calling on Congress to provide $5.1 billion for LIHEAP for the coming fiscal year.

      The petition is available on Change.org.

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    • Myrna Porter GREENFIELD, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      People need to be warm throughout the entire cold season, not just part of it!

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    • Miryam Williamson WARWICK, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      For the oldest among us, staying warm can be a matter of life and death. Elders can't sustain their body heat the way younger people can. Being old and poor shouldn't mean you have to fear that your government will let you die of hypothermia.

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    • Lawrence West HAYDENVILLE, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The elderly and the poor really need this.

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    • Kimberly Longey PLAINFIELD, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      When we make sure that people's basic needs are met we ensure that they will fully participate in our democracy. Folks who are cold and hungry may find it difficult to focus beyond pure subsistence, but when needs are met we can all work together to tackle the systemic problems leading to cold and hunger.

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