Obama's Proposed Budget Would Cut Funding For Heating Assistance Programs

By Scott Sarvay

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 6:37 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The harshness of winter could feel even colder next year for thousands of people in northeast Indiana, if the President gets his way on funding for heating assistance.

President Obama has proposed to cut funding in half for a program that helps low-income families pay their home heating and air conditioning bills.

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, which provides utility payment aid in this area, isn't sure what it all means just yet.

Marianne Stanley with CANI says, “We're finding out just about the same time as you are, so, we really don't know what the ramifications are going to be at this point."

Mary Tyndall with the United Way of Allen County says, “If this utility assistance money would go away from the Federal Government, United Way would definitely have to take a look at that, our volunteers would all have to look at what United Way could do to help fill those gaps."

This year Community Action of Northeast Indiana is helping almost 9,000 clients with their heating assistance needs in a six-county area.

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