HHS releases $3 billion for heating, cooling aid

October 15, 2014

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has issued $3.05 billion to help many Americans who struggle to heat their homes during the winter months and cool their homes during the warm summer season.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps households with heating and home energy costs by providing heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, as well as insulation in order to make homes more energy efficient. 

The funding is being made available from ACF’s Office of Community Services (OCS) to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia pursuant to the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (Public Law 113-164).

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency.

Quotes

“Many families can’t make ends meet when faced with high heating bills.”
— Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families
“We released LIHEAP funds as early as possible to help reassure struggling families that they can afford to safely heat their homes during the upcoming winter.”
— Mark Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families
“LIHEAP is a lifeline for many vulnerable Americans, who often have to make tough choices within their household budgets.”
— Jeannie Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families
“Extreme indoor temperatures can negatively affect seniors and young children in particular, who face the highest risk of illness or even death from unstable home heating and cooling. LIHEAP is one way families can protect their kids and their elders by maintaining safe temperatures.”
— Jeannie Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families

Contact

Administration for Children & Families
Office of Communications
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
Fax: (202) 205-9688
Email: media@acf.hhs.gov