Lauren Blosse HHS Announces Low Income Energy Assistance for Winter Months

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced it will provide about $2.7 billion to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for October, November and December of this year in order to help low income Americans pay their heating bills.  These funds represent states’ first quarter requests of FY 2010 funds.

In a downturned economy, many citizens cannot afford to heat their homes adequately while keeping up with other household expenses.  Virtually all LIHEAP households are home to those of very modest means who are elderly, disabled or under the age of six.  LIHEAP is a critical program that provides federal funding to keep those Americans comfortable and healthy during cold weather.  To supplement LIHEAP funds, natural gas utilities provide more than $1.7 billion annually in program assistance to needy families.

Visit this link for a complete list of state allocations of the funds released by HHS.

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In a downturned economy, many citizens cannot afford to heat their homes adequately while keeping up with other household expenses. LIHEAP is a critical program that provides federal funding to keep those Americans comfortable and healthy during cold weather.

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