CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - More than a thousand Franklin County households could be left in the cold this winter if the U.S. House of Representatives votes to eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education voted last month to eliminate federal funding for the program, according to U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster's office.
Shuster, R-Pa., said in a press release that he supports continued funding.
Shuster's office said Monday the full House Appropriations Committee could vote on the subcommittee recommendation today.
Jane Chontos, an income maintenance caseworker supervisor for the Franklin County Board of Assistance, said on Monday that 1,045 households in the county received emergency assistance during the 1997-98 heating season. According to adjusted U.S. Census figures from 1993, there were more than 48,000 housing units in the county.
Chontos said qualified county households received an average of $193 last winter. Total spending in the program was $202,000.