Idaho Heat Bill Assistance Program In Jeopardy Of Big Cuts


By Joey Martin

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) With the traffic jam that congress currently is in, one local organization is scrambling to keep a major program alive.

For years the South Central Community Action Partnership has been providing assistance.

Their programs help low income and elderly households which are having a hard time paying their heating bills.

On March 1st, Congress will vote on a budgetary sequester that will either fund or dramatically cut programs across the nation.

This includes the Idaho Heat Bill Assistance program.

If cut, the state of Idaho could miss out on almost 2 million dollars of federal money that would be used for the program.

“We were informed by our state association that as of last Friday, February 15th, we were to not promise that a benefit could be made even though the applicant may be eligible.” Said Ken Robinette, Executive Director of the South Central Community Action Partnership.

Thanks to the Idaho grocery tax, almost $800,000 has been set aside for the propose of funding the Heat Bill Assistance Program.

So if the sequester fails on March 1st, the State will still have that money to help those households in need.

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