Tennessee getting $2M more to help poor pay heating bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee is getting an infusion of $2 million dollars from the federal government to help the poor pay heating bills.

The additional money for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program was announced Wednesday by federal officials.

Government officials who run the heating assistance programs based in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville said last week they expect to serve fewer families this winter because of less federal money.

Knox County got roughly 1,700 more applications for home heating assistance than it can afford to serve. Officials in Memphis said a tighter budget meant they would be helping 4,700 fewer people than last year.

The additional funding for Tennessee was part of more than $400 million added to the heating assistance program last month by Congress.

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