Report: 300,000 Connecticut families cannot afford heating bills

Senator Chris Murphy (D - Conn.) discusses the need to update mental health laws in the United States (Photo: Media General)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A new study says more than 300,000 families in this state won’t have enough money to pay their heat bills this winter.

Tuesday, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy met with staff at the Community Action Agency in New Haven. They help needy families with their heating bills in the winter.

Murphy says he is going to work in Washington to try to bring more federal heat assistance to Connecticut. “I need to bring back to Washington stories of people here in Connecticut who just aren’t going to have enough money to heat their home so that we can try to muster the support to bring more money to low income heating assistance.”

Murphy says aid used to cover between 60 and 70 percent of heating bills for the poorest people in our state, now that number is down to about 50 percent.

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