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Heating Assistance News

LIHEAP funding continues to be lower than in previous years (perhaps slightly higher than last year).  This will mean that more households will be turning to local heating assistance programs after their LIHEAP money runs out.  Here is a summary of the programs we know about - followed by information about how to access local programs.   NOTE: The Joe-4-Oi more...

How Much Heat and Other Basic Utilities Does My Landlord Have to Provide?

Are you having trouble getting your landlord to provide enough heat or other basic utilities? Here is what Maine law says. If your landlord has agreed to provide heat or other basic utilities, he has broken the law if:   The temperature in your house or apartment is so low that it "inj more...

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Helps low-income Mainers pay for their winter fuel costs. Apply through your your county Community Action Program.  more...

PUC Consumer Assistance and Safety Division

Shut-off notice?  Other problems with your utilities?  You can file an online complaint with the PUC's Consumer Assistance and Safety Division to find out your rights.  more...

Telephone Assistance Programs: Lifeline and Link-Up

This program gives discounted phone rates to people who get public assistance (TANF, SSI, Medicaid, Food Supplements, LIHEAP, or Emergency Assistance). more...