Stimulus Update: $500 Payments Next Week

Select Maine residents will receive payments of up to $500 beginning the week of December 12 to help alleviate the pressures caused by rising heating costs.

According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, assistance will be targeted to approximately 13,000 households with low-income Mainers aged 65

and older who earn less than 133% of the federal poverty line and receive a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit.

"The payments assist in offsetting the costs of heating sources such as oil, gas, propane, wood, and electricity,

as well as the repair or replacement of essential heating systems," the department stated in its announcement.

The $6.6 million initiative will be funded by state funds used to improve the health and safety of older Maine residents

who are at a higher risk of contracting illness during the winter months due to their financial situation.

According to the department, the total value of these payments was around $30 million.

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