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HHS Makes Available More Than $670 Million in Additional LIHEAP Funding

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of more than $670 million to states to help low income families with their heating bills this winter. These funds represent additional grants to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). "Low-income families need and deserve help with critical necessities such as home heating in the winter"

"Low-income families need and deserve help with critical necessities such as home heating in the winter," said Secretary Sebelius. "As the weather gets colder in much of the country, these funds will help reduce the burden of high energy costs for families in need."

LIHEAP helps eligible families pay the costs of heating and insulating their homes in the winter, and cooling their homes in the summer. HHS is releasing this additional allocation of LIHEAP funds now to ensure that states have resources available to support their energy assistance programs as the weather turns colder.

The funds released today are in addition to the $2 billion that were made available to states in October after the first continuing resolution was enacted for fiscal year 2011. With this release, a total of $2.7 billion is currently available to states for heating assistance needs in FY 2011, which began October 1, 2010.

"Winter months can be especially difficult for families in cold states seeking to make ends meet," said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. "These LIHEAP funds will provide needy families with a critical source of heating assistance so they may stay warm and safe during the coldest months of the year."

A complete list of money made available to states thus far in FY 2011 is below:

FY 2011 LIHEAP Funds Under the CR State Available Funding Alabama $41,047,405 Alaska $8,392,539 Arizona $19,610,849 Arkansas $22,417,053 California $118,597,211 Colorado $34,986,872 Connecticut $59,684,120 Delaware $9,798,718 District of Columbia $8,108,310 Florida $69,411,227 Georgia $54,894,291 Hawaii $3,922,175 Idaho $14,853,698 Illinois $135,915,743 Indiana $57,191,147 Iowa $40,536,856 Kansas $26,247,922 Kentucky $33,864,828 Louisiana $35,575,766 Maine $28,668,332 Maryland $54,764,760 Massachusetts $100,529,181 Michigan $129,608,367 Minnesota $86,408,148 Mississippi $24,722,279 Missouri $54,505,789 Montana $15,110,117 Nebraska $22,892,076 Nevada $9,966,500 New Hampshire $19,767,875 New Jersey $109,541,625 New Mexico $11,923,056 New York $276,594,758 North Carolina $72,422,187 North Dakota $15,594,755 Ohio $132,766,064 Oklahoma $28,960,297 Oregon $26,529,316 Pennsylvania $159,566,162 Rhode Island $17,142,286 South Carolina $32,577,854 South Dakota $13,282,802 Tennessee $45,318,534 Texas $115,506,734 Utah $18,270,442 Vermont $14,816,726 Virginia $65,532,143 Washington $42,784,464 West Virginia $22,532,956 Wisconsin $77,779,740 Wyoming $7,210,875 States $2,648,653,930 Tribes $30,085,388 Territories $3,632,682

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency. For more information, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/ or http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/brochure/brochure.html.

Note: All ACF news releases, fact sheets and other materials are available at www.acf.hhs.gov/opa/index.html.

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