Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ending Heating Aid Would Trim SNAP Benefits

The Trump budget blueprint calls for eliminating LIHEAP, the federal program that helps low-income households pay heating (and cooling) bills. But doing this would also cut back SNAP benefits for about 71,000 people in Connecticut who get a minimum LIHEAP benefit from the state, which brings them an additional $112 in food stamp benefits each month.

Those extra payments would end if Congress follows through on Trump’s request and eliminates the LIHEAP program. Connecticut is among a small group of states that generates this extra aid. The state received about $88 million from the federal government to fund the heating assistance program this fiscal year. But the Trump blueprint said, “LIHEAP is a lower-impact program and is unable to demonstrate strong performance outcomes.”

Source: CT Mirror, 3/17/24, Heating Cuts Could Trim SNAP

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