The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Nov. 2 announced $4.5 billion of assistance is now available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The funds will go to states, territories, and tribes. In addition to subsidizing home heating costs this winter and covering unpaid utility bills, the federal program will help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills.
The funds are a combination of regular appropriations by Congress, $100 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and additional emergency funding Congress included in the September continuing resolution following the Biden-Harris Administration’s request for these funds.
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This past year, LIHEAP served over 5.3 million households with heating, cooling, and weatherization services. This support was particularly important during the winter and summer months, as millions of Americans dealt with extreme weather and natural disasters.
The American Public Power Association strongly supports LIHEAP.