Under the plan announced by Gov. Deval Patrick, the state will provide at least $20 in heating assistance to about 163,000 eligible families, which in turn will make those families eligible for an additional $80 a month in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program — formerly known as Food Stamps.Such state actions, which have also been announced in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Montana, mean that a significant percentage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts recently passed by Congress have been blocked. That said:
Administration officials said the move would prevent a loss of $142 million in SNAP benefits. [...]
The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program will use federal funding to provide the $3 million needed to increase the benefit, according to a spokesman for the agency.
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