Biden Administers $4.5 Billion to Help Home Heating Costs: Here’s How to Apply for Help
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- About $4.5 billion has been allocated to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter, the Biden administration said Wednesday.
- The program helps low-income families pay their energy or utility bills.
- In some cases this helps cover the cost of weathering or repairs.
The Biden administration said Wednesday that to help low-income households pay their energy or utility bills, or in some cases, cover the cost of weathering or repairs, this winter there will be about 4.5 percent for LIHEAP. Billions of dollars have been allocated.
The funds will be distributed to states, territories and tribal governments this week.
LIHEAP, established in 1981, is funded by grants approved by Congress. The Associated Press reported that typical annual funding is about $3.5 billion, although last year’s allocation amid the coronavirus pandemic totaled $8 billion.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which operates the aid program, said LIHEAP helped 5.3 million families in 2021.
“For more than 40 years, this program has helped low-income families pay their home heating and cooling bills,” HHS Secretary Javier Becerra said in a statement. News release Released Wednesday. “As heating costs rise, it becomes more important than ever that families are struggling to make ends meet. With this funding, we will help protect the health and well-being of Americans by keeping them safe and warm this winter.”
Meanwhile, state officials across the country are keeping a close watch on the weather forecast ahead of winter. Resources have tightened amid the war in Ukraine, and inflation has contributed to rising fuel costs over the past year. Even as the US Department of Energy raises prices for home heating sharply compared to last winter, The Associated Press informed of.
Families seeking help from LIHEAP can learn more And apply for assistance With the US Department of Health and Human Services. Aid is distributed through states, territories or tribal governments, and availability is based on income, family size, or availability of resources.
In addition to the $4.5 billion allocated for LIHEAP, the Department of Energy is allocating “nearly $9 billion” To help upgrade 1.6 million homes, the White House announced Wednesday that toward home efficiency programs for states and tribes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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