Home heating assistance seen at record high
NEW YORK (AP) - February 10, 2011 (WPVI) -- High energy prices, high unemployment and a cold winter are prompting a record number of households to seek home heating assistance.
The National Energy Assistance Directors' Association will announce Wednesday that 8.9 million households are expected to qualify for financial help this winter, up from 8.3 million last winter. It's the third year in a row the number of households needing assistance has set a new high.
The chief reason is the economy, according to Mark Wolfe, Executive Director of NEADA. "We have this group who weren't poor before the recession, who are poor now and scrambling for whatever they can get," Wolfe says. "It's a tough situation."
NEADA says Vermont and Florida are the states projecting the biggest increase in eligible applications.
energy, unemployment, business/finance
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