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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.”

LIHEAP assists 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.

 

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By doing 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.

AARP Executive 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:

“Older and 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.

“Adequate LIHEAP funding—and providing help to the vulnerable in times of extreme need—should continue to be on our nation’s priority list.”

 “As 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 families.”

A complete list of funds available to states today is below:

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency. For more information, click here or here.

FY 2011 Cumulative LIHEAP Allocations
Under the Continuing Resolutions

States

Total to States

States

Total to States

 

Alabama

51,907,782

Nevada

15,646,324

 

Alaska

13,670,291

New Hampshire

33,692,487

 

Arizona

15,393,452

New Jersey

175,014,987

 

Arkansas

35,332,520

New Mexico

20,321,726

 

California

118,597,211

New York

473,102,148

 

Colorado

50,773,152

North Carolina

72,422,187

 

Connecticut

95,748,548

North Dakota

26,962,899

 

Delaware

13,501,735

Ohio

110,181,129

 

District of Columbia

13,819,852

Oklahoma

38,692,262

 

Florida

98,071,290

Oregon

44,090,988

 

Georgia

86,178,083

Pennsylvania

267,652,343

 

Hawaii

3,026,113

Rhode Island

29,217,419

 

Idaho

22,785,062

South Carolina

23,364,475

 

Illinois

229,998,958

South Dakota

22,186,501

 

Indiana

82,289,815

Tennessee

40,786,681

 

Iowa

66,967,958

Texas

181,333,046

 

Kansas

41,164,854

Utah

28,085,966

 

Kentucky

57,031,558

Vermont

22,728,347

 

Louisiana

46,108,754

Virginia

75,707,390

 

Maine

51,680,136

Washington

70,686,688

 

Maryland

76,942,926

West Virginia

38,405,309

 

Massachusetts

173,294,424

Wisconsin

128,494,189

 

Michigan

183,570,408

Wyoming

12,372,404

 

Minnesota

142,748,546

Total to States

3,896,212,847

 

Mississippi

39,098,358

 

 

 

Missouri

70,563,330

Tribes

48,776,407

 

Montana

25,753,773

Territories

174,713

 

Nebraska

39,046,063

Total Allocations

3,945,163,967

 

 

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