As the country continues to experience sweltering summer temperatures, now is the perfect time to raise awareness for the need for increased funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federal block grant program provides financial assistance to low and fixed-income individuals for fuel and utility bills, as well as low-cost weatherization and energy-related home repairs.
This Tuesday, July 31, the American Gas Association (AGA) along with the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), will host the third annual Summer LIHEAP Action Day to drive awareness on Capitol Hill about this life-saving program.
LIHEAP advocates and recipients from across the United States will come together to lobby Congress to provide at least $5.1 billion for LIHEAP for FY 2013. In February, President Obama asked Congress for just $3 billion, down from $3.3 billion in FY 2012 and $5.1 billion in both FY 2010 and FY 2009.
With the current state of the economy, the number of Americans who can longer afford to heat and cool their homes continues to rise. Cuts to LIHEAP funding each fiscal year are making it even harder to help those in desperate need of support.
AGA will provide coverage of this Tuesday’s Summer LIHEAP Action Day across our various social media pages. Click on the links below to follow along: