MAINE - The federal shutdown might leave Mainers who need help heating their homes in the cold this winter.
Thousands of families throughout the state depend on federal heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, know as LIHEAP.
Since Congress hasn't approved a definite amount of money for LIHEAP for the coming year, state officials don't know how much money they'll have to distribute to Maine families. State agencies are taking applications for LIHEAP assistance and officials are telling residents not to get discouraged.
Kristin Hosfelt joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in September of 2012. Pursuing a career in TV news has been a dream of hers since she first stepped foot in a news studio at 12-years-old. She has a true passion for storytelling and loves knowing each day working in the field, will be different than the day before.
She's a California native and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in broadcast journalism. She previously worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer for SJSU's student-run newscast, and interned at KCRA News in Sacramento, CA and NBC Bay Area in San Jose, CA.
When she's not in the newsroom she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She's a Packers Shareholder, a cross fit junkie and she's always looking for the best place to get Mexican food.
She's thrilled to be here on the east coast and if you see her around be sure to say hello!