HHS Releases 2014 LIHEAP Funds
On November 4, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released $2.9 billion in regular block grant Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for fiscal year 2014 representing 90 percent of the fiscal year 2013 funding authorized under the Continuing Resolution budget legislation. Congress encouraged Secretary Sebelius to release LIHEAP funds as quickly as possible due to the oncoming heating season and delays resulting from the government funding and debt ceiling debates that occurred in October.
The final appropriation level for fiscal year 2014 could change as Congress finishes the budget conference. To date, the Senate has authorized $3.9 billion for fiscal year 2014, which represents an increase over the $3.25 billion provided after sequestration reductions. The House has not yet authorized LIHEAP funds for fiscal year 2014. Supporters in congress have called for a $4.7 billion funding level for fiscal year 2014. APGA continues to push for the full $5.1 billion funding level but acknowledges that the budget process has been tight and there has been increased pressure to reduce federal spending.
For a state-by-state breakdown on funds distribution, please refer to the allocation table at www.apga.org/LIHEAP2014. For questions on this article, please contact Todd Brady of APGA staff by phone at 292-464-2742 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.