US Heating Worries Mount Amid Growing Costs, Uncertainty

JAY, MAINE (AP) – Families are looking forward with dread as winter approaches with high energy costs and tight fuel supplies.

The U.S. Department of Energy is projecting sharp price increases for home heating compared to last winter.

Some worry whether heating assistance programs will be adequate for struggling families.

Last month, Congress added $1 billion to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, bringing the total to at least $4.8 billion.

But that level represents a cut from last year, when federal pandemic relief pushed the total energy assistance package past $8 billion.

By David Sharp, Associated Press

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