BANGOR (AP) – A state official says a federally funded program to help poor people heat their homes this winter will provide an average payment of $415 for 51,000 households.

JoAnn Choate, MaineHousing’s housing and fuel assistance program director, says that’s not enough to cover 100 gallons of heating oil at today’s prices. She said her agency expects that it will provide eight to 10 days of heat per home.

MaineHousing allocates funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to 10 community action agencies that disburse it to residents who make less than 60 percent of the average state income. For a family of four, the cutoff in eligibility for LIHEAP is $38,101.

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