Greenwald, Lampitt Announce $150,000 In Home-Heating Assistance

For Release: December 17, 2008

Contact: Brian McGinnis, 856-435-1247

GREENWALD, LAMPITT ANNOUNCE $150,000
IN HOME-HEATING ASSISTANCE

Sunoco Foundation grant will cover 600 families’ home-heating bills

(PENNSAUKEN)— Assemblyman Louis Greenwald and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (both D-Camden) yesterday announced a $150,000 grant from the Sunoco Foundation to the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity.  

The grant—given as part of the Foundation’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program—will cover the home-heating bills of approximately 600 low-income families in Camden County.

“I’m proud to stand with the Sunoco Foundation to present this critically needed assistance to South Jersey families,” said Greenwald. “The current economic crisis didn’t start in New Jersey, and it won’t end in New Jersey, but it’s hitting family budgets hard. This grant will provide important help to those who need it most—those who can’t afford their heating bills as we approach the heart of winter.”

“Around kitchen tables across South Jersey, families are struggling to make ends meet,” said Lampitt. “This money will help struggling families afford the home heating they need to stay safe through the winter. With home-heating oil prices so volatile and the economy in recession, we need to do more to make sure families don’t fall through the cracks.”

The aid provided by the Sunoco Foundation will be distributed to families through the federal Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Foundation expects to be able to distribute funds to qualifying families almost immediately.

The Sunoco Foundation’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program was created in 2003, in response to soaring home-heating oil prices. The program will assist nearly 4,200 low income families with their winter home-heating bills this year across the Delaware Valley.

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