23 Jan '12, 10pm

Green Blog: How to Get Help Paying for Heating Oil

As the threat of an actual winter intensifies, advocates for the poor have been worrying about how low-income households will cope with the high cost of heating oil. Heating oil prices may hit record levels this year, even as natural gas prices plunge — a divergence that I wrote about over the weekend with my colleague Clifford Krauss . Some advocates warn of a coming crisis in the Northeast, where 80 percent of the nation’s oil users live, especially since the federal government cut financing for heating assistance this year . There is help out there: People having trouble paying for heat can turn to state Low Income Home Energy Assistance offices. Income qualifications vary by state, and are set as a percentage of the federal poverty level or state median income. In New York, the maximum allowable income is 60 percent of the state median, or $42,312 for a family of four,...

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