HHS Frees $3.9
Billion to Help Provide Heating for Low-Income Seniors, Families
Funds will go to
states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Jan. 13, 2011 –
Many senior citizens stressed about paying their energy bills during the
cold winter got the word yesterday that help is on the way. The Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the
availability of additional funding to help eligible low-income families
or all ages
meet their home energy needs, bringing the total made available since
October 1 to $3.9 billion.
These funds will
go to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and are available under the terms of the
latest continuing resolution.
“Much of the
country has already experienced a very cold winter,” said Secretary
Sebelius. “Today’s additional funds will help struggling families keep
safe and warm for the remainder of the season.”
qualified families with their home energy needs such as heating in the
winter, cooling their homes in the summer, and insulating their homes to
make them more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs.
so, families are less likely to have to choose between paying their
energy bills and other necessities, such as food or medicine. Energy
assistance can reduce illness or the risk of fires that can break out
when households turn to using candles or space heaters because they
cannot pay their electricity or gas bill.
The block grant
funds released today supplement two previous releases of funds under
continuing resolutions in Fiscal Year 2011.
Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the action and says ARRP strongly
supports LIHEAP and the additional Congressional Continuing
Appropriations that will run through March 4:
economically disadvantaged Americans find themselves in a very difficult
position—they are often forced to choose between food and medicine and
keeping their homes heated or cooled. Energy assistance is crucial for
older Americans, as they are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia and
heat stroke,” she said.
funding—and providing help to the vulnerable in times of extreme
need—should continue to be on our nation’s priority list.”
temperatures drop, heating costs can pose a serious challenge for
struggling families,” said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant
secretary for children and families. “At the start of a new year, these
additional LIHEAP funds will help ease the financial burdens for many
A complete list
of funds available to states today is below:
interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their
local/state LIHEAP agency. For more information,
click here or
FY 2011 Cumulative LIHEAP Allocations
Under the Continuing Resolutions
Total to States
Total to States
District of Columbia
Total to States
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