Friday, December 15, 2023

Tim Nangle: Resources to help heat your home this winter

By State Senator Tim Nangle

As the temperature drops, the warmth of our homes becomes more than just a comfort — it's a necessity. I want to share some news and resources that can be a massive help to those who are worried about keeping their homes warm this winter.

State Senator Tim Nangle
The Low-Income Assistance Program (LIAP) is necessary to keep many of our friends and neighbors safe during the winter. That’s why I proudly voted to substantially increase funding for LIAP from $15 million to $22.5 million. This increase and expanded eligibility criteria means an additional 46,000 Mainers can receive much-needed financial support this winter.

The Department of Health and Human Services has begun sending letters to 67,000 eligible residents, letting them know financial assistance is available and providing instruction on how to access these benefits. If you receive this letter, simply present it to your electric utility company to automatically receive LIAP benefits. If you haven’t received a letter but still need financial assistance, I encourage you to visit the website to evaluate your eligibility here:

We are continuously working on long-term solutions toward the goal of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Until then, providing immediate support to those in need is essential. The Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) has published its 2023 Winter Heating Guide in an effort to fill this gap, offering tips and links to various assistance programs and energy-saving strategies. From funding to help weatherize your home to understanding different heating fuel options, this guide has many strategies to help fight the cold. Check out the complete guide and frequently asked questions here:

In addition to the LIAP benefits and the GEO Winter Heating Guide, The Opportunity Alliance serves as our local community action agency and plays a vital role in administering the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This program aids homeowners and renters with their heating expenses, including emergency fuel delivery. To learn more and start your application, visit or call The Opportunity Alliance’s intake line at 207-523-5049.

In our community, organizations like Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors perform vital work. This volunteer-driven group provides emergency heating assistance and assists residents in navigating the complexities of securing long-term support. Visit their website at to learn how to receive help.

Additionally, those in need should contact the Windham Town Office and apply for General Assistance (GA). This program, aimed at helping residents of Windham facing financial difficulties, offers confidential financial assistance for essential needs, such as housing, utilities, food, and fuel. To apply, you simply need to schedule an appointment. You’ll be guided through the application process at the appointment and informed of your rights and responsibilities. The GA Department works diligently to ensure applicants receive appropriate referrals to other support services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Rene Daniel at or 207-892-1906.

As your State Senator, I am committed to ensuring every Mainer has the resources they need. I encourage everyone to explore the resources available through the Governor's Energy Office and local organizations like GA or Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Additionally, if you or someone you know is struggling with heating costs, please reach out to my office for assistance, and we can guide you in finding the best resources for you and your family. Reach out at or call 207-287-1515.

Let's work together to ensure no Mainer is left in the cold. By supporting each other, we can make this winter warmer and safer for all. <

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