More than 200,000 Bay State households will receive help paying for heating fuel this winter thanks to a federal grant of $141 million that Massachusetts received Friday.
Gov. Deval Patrick said that the state will get $8.2 million more this year than last year in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program money. The money, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to help eligible households pay winter heating bills.
Eligibility for the program is based on household size and the gross annual income of every adult household member. The maximum income eligibility for the program is 60 percent of estimated state median income. Benefit levels vary depending on household income. Nationwide, the funds help more than 4.6 million low-income families pay their heating bills.
The state received 90 percent of the funding last week and will receive the rest in January, according to a press release sent by the governor's office.