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HHS releases $4.5 billion to support LIHEAP

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    HHS releases $4.5 billion to support LIHEAP

    On November 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released $4.5 billion for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. These awards are a culmination of $4.4 billion in funding under the short-term funding bill passed by Congress earlier this year and an additional $100 million appropriated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). In 13 states, county governments either fully administer LIHEAP or share that responsibility with local community-based agencies.

    LIHEAP helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist low-income families with home energy costs. LIHEAP provides federally funded assistance to reduce the costs associated with home energy bills from heating and cooling, energy crises, weatherization and minor energy-related home repairs. Typically, a utility company will directly bill the local program administrator for a household’s LIHEAP benefit, leaving the recipient to pay off the remaining amount of their bill. 

    Programs that provide comprehensive energy assistance, weatherization and conservation reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling situations and practices, however Congress has not always appropriated emergency or contingency funds for the LIHEAP program, so this funding increase will help lessen the cost burden on counties.

    Additionally, NACo supports increasing LIHEAP eligibility criteria to include renters and to not discriminate against single-person households or be limited to persons eligible for other federal programs. At the same time, every effort should be made to coordinate with other federal programs to streamline the application and eligibility process. Funding also needs to be flexible to address sudden situations such as fluctuations in energy costs, natural disasters and extreme weather conditions.

    To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • NACo Blog: U.S. Congress passes continuing resolution to fund government through midterm elections
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program
    • NACo Toolkit: Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs

     

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    2022-11-23
HHS provides $4.5 billion in FY 2023 funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Counties benefit from increased federal funding toward comprehensive energy assistance, weatherization and conservation programs

On November 14, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released $4.5 billion for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. These awards are a culmination of $4.4 billion in funding under the short-term funding bill passed by Congress earlier this year and an additional $100 million appropriated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). In 13 states, county governments either fully administer LIHEAP or share that responsibility with local community-based agencies.

LIHEAP helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist low-income families with home energy costs. LIHEAP provides federally funded assistance to reduce the costs associated with home energy bills from heating and cooling, energy crises, weatherization and minor energy-related home repairs. Typically, a utility company will directly bill the local program administrator for a household’s LIHEAP benefit, leaving the recipient to pay off the remaining amount of their bill. 

Programs that provide comprehensive energy assistance, weatherization and conservation reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling situations and practices, however Congress has not always appropriated emergency or contingency funds for the LIHEAP program, so this funding increase will help lessen the cost burden on counties.

Additionally, NACo supports increasing LIHEAP eligibility criteria to include renters and to not discriminate against single-person households or be limited to persons eligible for other federal programs. At the same time, every effort should be made to coordinate with other federal programs to streamline the application and eligibility process. Funding also needs to be flexible to address sudden situations such as fluctuations in energy costs, natural disasters and extreme weather conditions.

To find out whether you are eligible to receive LIHEAP benefits, contact your state or tribal LIHEAP office.

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