Two thousand Iowans who qualify for state assistance to pay their utility bills haven’t gotten any money. The state’s “Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program” — called LIHEAP — is out of funds. Governor Tom Vilsack’s asking President Bush to release some emergency money, now. Jerry McKim, director of the so-called LIHEAP program, says Bush could release up to 300-million dollars. Iowa’s share of that would be five-point-nine million. The average benefit for a household is about $560.Governor Vilsack sent President Bush a letter yesterday, saying some families “are still struggling to pay last year’s extraordinarily high heating bills” and the emergency money’s needed. This past winter there was a 35-percent jump in the number of applications from low income Iowans seeking help with their utility bills.
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