By Jeannie Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services
With summer weather upon us, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued today nearly $34 million to states, territories, and tribal grantees of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
This additional award represents the final funding available to LIHEAP grantees as appropriated by Congress for 2015. ACF previously awarded $300 million to all LIHEAP grantees on January 21, 2015 and $3.05 billion on October 15, 2014. This brings the total LIHEAP funding for this year to approximately $3.39 billion.
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.
As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Extreme Heat Prevention Guide Visit disclaimer page explains, air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. Out of approximately 29 states that offer LIHEAP cooling assistance Visit disclaimer page , New York is one state that is ensuring residents – particularly vulnerable residents – stay safe this summer. New York’s cooling program served 3,250 households last year, and totals $3 million this year. Individuals are eligible to apply who have recent medical documentation for the household member with a medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. The state has a network of 63 local weatherization agencies that provide for the delivery and installation of air conditioners.
For complete breakdown of awards by state, Territory and Tribe, click here.