Federal cuts reduce home heating aid available - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Federal cuts reduce home heating aid available

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(WMC-TV) - In the coming weeks, nearly 300,000 households will be fighting to find ways to heat their homes because of forced federal budget cuts.

This is the second year the sequester will hit the low income home energy assistance program. The federal program currently pays the tap to heat and cool homes for the nation's poorest.

However, this year, budget cuts mean only $3.1 billion will be delivered in heating help.

The number has significantly dropped since the highest point in the recession when $5 billion went to 8 million households.

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