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It’s time again to apply for heating fuel assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered locally by the Berkshire Community Action Council. According to Deborah Leonczyk, executive director of BCAC, nearly $6 million was allocated in the federal budget for heating assistance in Massachusetts. But with higher fuel prices, the relief money will not stretch as far as it did least year.
Most of us here in the United States are at least able to afford the twin increases in fuel and energy for now. However, there is a time lag between the recent price spikes in the oil and agricultural markets and how long it will take to filter through to grocery stores.