- The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it has allocated about $4.5 billion to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter.
- This program helps low-income households pay their utility bills.
- In some cases, it helps cover the cost of weatherproofing and repairs.
The Biden administration said Wednesday that about $4.5 billion was earmarked for LIHEAP this winter to help low-income families pay their utility bills and, in some cases, cover weathering and repair costs. rice field.
Funds will be distributed to state, territory and tribal governments this week.
Founded in 1981, LIHEAP is funded by congressional-approved grants. Typical annual funding is around $3.5 billion, but last year’s allocations amid the coronavirus pandemic totaled $8 billion, according to the Associated Press.
LIHEAP helped 5.3 million households in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which runs the assistance program.
“For more than 40 years, this program has helped low-income families pay for heating and cooling their homes,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. news release Published on Wednesday. “As utility bills rise, it is more important than ever to help families struggling to make ends meet. This funding will help America stay safe and warm this winter. It helps protect human health and well-being.”
In the meantime, state officials across the country continue to keep an eye on weather forecasts as we head into winter. Inflation contributed to higher fuel costs last year as resources became scarce during the war in Ukraine. Even the U.S. Department of Energy predicts that home heating prices will rise significantly compared to last winter. Associated Press report.
Families seeking assistance from LIHEAP should: learn more When apply for assistance With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Assistance is distributed through state, territory, or tribal governments, with availability based on income, family size, or resource availability.
In addition to the $4.5 billion allocated for LIHEAP, the Department of Energy has allocated the following budget: “About $9 billion” States and tribes will invest in housing efficiency programs to help upgrade up to 1.6 million homes, the White House announced Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.