Operation Fuel, the non-profit agency that provides energy assistance to low income households, says it's about to run out of money. Planned state funding for the agency was cut last fall. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.
In June last year, state officials told Operation Fuel that it could expect $5 million of funding to help about 13,000 households across Connecticut. That aid was cut to $2 million, but in the end, only $750,000 was released to the agency. Operation Fuel says the money has all but run out.
The agency has raised about a million dollars on its own behalf, but says it may be forced to end its energy assistance programs by the end of this month, and officials are warning that may mean some low income households see their utilities shut off, when a moratorium ends on April 30th.
Operation Fuel is asking the governor and the legislature to release at least a million dollars of the originally promised funding to keep it afloat. Last year, Operation Fuel was able to access $6 million for fuel assistance.
For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.