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HHS releases more than $845 million to states to help low-income households with energy costs

More than $845 million is being released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to states to help low-income households with their heating and home energy costs under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The continuing resolution currently in place allows HHS to release these funds to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia.

“Even as the economy shows signs of improvement, many Americans are struggling to make ends meet,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “We are making funds available today to help vulnerable families and seniors pay their heating bills and stay warm during this holiday season and into early 2012.”

LIHEAP assists low-income households, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling their homes in the summer, and insulating their homes to make them more energy efficient and reduce their energy costs. The $845 million in block grant funds released today is in addition to the $1.7 billion released to states since October 2011. Including the funds released today, states will have received a total of $2.581 billion in LIHEAP block funds for Fiscal Year 2012.

“There are low-income families, children and seniors across the country that need help paying to heat their homes,” said Jeannie Chaffin, director for the Office of Community Services. “We recognize the importance of getting these funds out quickly so that families can get the help they need during the winter.”

For a complete list of additional funds available to states today see below, and please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2011/2012LIHEAP845K.html

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.

States
States Allotments FY 2012 CR Additional Funding
(12/23/11)
Alabama $27,961,312
Alaska 3,157,915
Arizona 15,401,069
Arkansas 11,818,291
California 30,576,509
Colorado 5,720,037
Connecticut 22,867,861
Delaware 3,814,401
District of Columbia 1,985,847
Florida 33,354,222
Georgia 27,419,268
Hawaii 4,052,742
Idaho 7,892,827
Illinois 31,803,332
Indiana 11,349,474
Iowa 8,442,261
Kansas 8,213,644
Kentucky 9,497,584
Louisiana 17,155,997
Maine 6,219,001
Maryland 22,615,298
Massachusetts 21,886,474
Michigan 60,034,959
Minnesota 14,126,948
Mississippi 10,768,496
Missouri 8,249,813
Montana 4,484,634
Nebraska 7,411,436
Nevada 4,787,981
New Hampshire 4,841,447
New Jersey 30,462,457
New Mexico 3,185,151
New York 46,374,814
North Carolina 27,175,278
North Dakota 4,871,669
Ohio 49,047,076
Oklahoma 12,498,069
Oregon 4,433,269
Pennsylvania 44,022,951
Rhode Island 4,647,381
South Carolina 20,551,689
South Dakota 4,476,509
Tennessee 19,955,398
Texas 59,899,112
Utah 4,555,003
Vermont 3,628,837
Virginia 24,115,910
Washington 7,412,919
West Virginia 8,164,339
Wisconsin 12,716,283
Wyoming 1,823,723
   
Total to States and Tribes $841,928,917
   
American Samoa 16,328
Guam 35,797
Northern Mariana Islands 12,433
Puerto Rico 3,147,248
Virgin Island 33,851
   
Total to Territories $3,245,657
   
TOTAL ALL GRANTEES $845,174,574

 

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