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Increased energy assistance announced to help low-income Nebraskans

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Increased federal energy assistance will help low-income Nebraska residents over the next year.

The federal government is sending $9.7 million to states in excess of their normal allocation for a low-income energy assistance program commonly known as LIHEAP.

The Biden administration recently announced an increase in funding.

Funding is derived from ongoing federal dollar appropriations and federal infrastructure legislation. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, this represents an increase of about 32% over typical federal remittances.

Eligibility requirements include income below 150% of the poverty level and appropriate citizenship or residency status. For example, according to the state, for a family of three, the income threshold is $34,545.

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The program provides assistance with heating and cooling, year-round crisis assistance, emergency furnace repair and replacement, fans and weather protection.

For individuals, access nebraska Visit our website or call 800-383-4278.

This program is federally funded and administered by the state. If you are unsure if you are eligible, your state encourages you to apply. There are no penalties for refusal.

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