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If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
This year, you won’t have to worry about losing your benefits if you get a big tax refund. Starting in 2011, any tax refunds you get will not affect most public benefits, or how much you get! Under the law passed in December 2010:
If you live in an apartment building, you may find out that you are paying for heat, lights, or other utilities for "common areas." This includes, for example, hallways, basements, or a common hot water heater or furnace. It is illegal for your landlord to make you pay those costs alone. For example, the hall lights should not be hooked up to your...
If I live in an apartment building, can my landlord stop me from getting cable TV, a satellite dish or an antenna? Generally, no. Your landlord can only refuse to allow these installations if they have "good cause" to deny that particular company. "Good cause" could be:
ماذا يمكنني عمله للتقليل من خطر التسمم بالرصاص في منزلي الى أدنى حد ممكن؟ What you and your family should know about lead - Arabic
¿Qué puedo hacer yo para ayudar a minimizer el riesgo de envenenamiento por plomo en mi casa? What you and your family should know about lead - Spanish
Qu'est-ce que je peux faire pour aider à réduire le risque d'intoxication par le plomb dans ma maison? What you and your family should know about lead - French
LIHEAP funding continues to be lower than in previous years. 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.  
The Lead Paint Project is based in our Lewiston Office. We can help you with questions about lead paint and lead poisoning. You can call Attorney Lynn Ward (207-400-3273) to ask questions about lead or set up an appointment. All information is free. Your information is kept confidential.
How much heat or other basic utilities does a landlord have to provide? If your landlord has agreed to provide heat or other basic utilities, they have broken the law if: