Federal government to provide more money for Oklahoman's heating bills

Tuesday, February 1st 2005, 6:06 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The state of Oklahoma is receiving more funds to help low-income families with their home-heating costs.

The $600,847 in emergency funds for Oklahoma's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is part of $100 million in contingency funds made available by the FY 2005 omnibus appropriations bill.

``Enduring cold spells across the nation this winter make this continued assistance a top priority of President Bush,'' said Dr. Wade F. Horn, Health and Human Services assistant secretary for children and families.

``This much-needed aid will come as a releif to many low-income families in Oklahoma.''

The program helps more than 4.5 million low-income families pay their heating bills in the winter and cooling bills in the summer.