Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Shea-Porter Meets with New Hampshire Coalition on Aging

Dover, NH – Yesterday, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter met with representatives from the New Hampshire Coalition on Aging. Attending were agency directors from around the district, representing Manchester, Belknap County, Strafford County, Rockingham County, Ossipee, and North Conway. They discussed their concerns about the high cost of essentials like food and oil and how it will affect senior citizens this winter.

“The situation is now critical for many vulnerable New Hampshire senior citizens,” stated Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Therefore I have introduced legislation to help these seniors and others. I introduced legislation to triple last year’s funding for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) and also urged both President Bush and Speaker Pelosi to put additional funding for LIHEAP in a second stimulus package. I am working to obtain adequate funding so our seniors and other vulnerable citizens do not suffer this winter.”

Congresswoman Shea-Porter has requested additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in a second stimulus package or supplemental bill. She has written letters to both President Bush and Speaker Pelosi, requesting further LIHEAP funding. She has also introduced a bill to provide an additional $9 billion emergency funding for LIHEAP.

Seniors have been disproportionately affected by high gas prices, since many live on fixed incomes. The New Hampshire Coalition on Aging is an organization that provides assistance to New Hampshire’s seniors, including meal delivery, transportation, and other vital programs.