LIHEAP

2017 LIHEAP Funding

2017 Initial CR Release of LIHEAP Block Grant Funds to States and Territories under P.L. 114-223

2017 Initial CR Release of LIHEAP Block Grant Funds to Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations under P.L. 114-223

APGA is requesting that member systems sign on to an open letter (click here) to congressional appropriations committees from the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC), which requests an increase in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for fiscal year 2017. Please note that APGA has already signed this letter. NEUAC is the result of a 2013 merger between the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) and the National Low Income Energy Consortium (NLIEC).

Sign the Open Letter

You will find a web form that will walk you through the process. Please note that you can contact liheap@neuac.org to list multiple states or cities so you can be recognized across your service territory.The deadline to sign the letter is October 31, 2016. 

2016 LIHEAP Funding

HHS has initially released the 2016 funding for LIHEAP funds have been released to states and territories in October 2015. For a breakdown of funds by state and territories that have been released in 2016, please go here.

2015 LIHEAP Funding 

HHS initially released $3.05 billion in October 2014 bringing the current total available to $3.35 billion. In The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an additional $302 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds on January 21, 2015. By January 2015, approximately 99 percent of the available fiscal year 2015 LIHEAP funds have been released to states and territories. For a state by state breakdown of funds that have been released in 2015, please go here.

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 set the funding level for LIHEAP at $3.39 billion dollars through October 2015 with the Health and Human Services Secretary authorized to pay up to $2.98 million on technical assistance, training, and monitoring of program activities for compliance with internal controls, policies and procedures. This is a slight decrease from the $3.42 billion that was allocated in 2014 and far short of the full $5.1 billion that has been authorized and that APGA fully supports.

Background

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant program that provides money to low-income individuals/families to help them meet their energy needs. The program receives an annual appropriation from Congress through the Labor and Health and Human Services (Labor-HHS) Appropriations bill.

The Issue

LIHEAP funds are allocated by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and administered by the states. The formula used to allocate funds under LIHEAP is based on two sets of regulations and is weighted towards state’s relative cold-weather conditions and households living in poverty. The formulas were originally created by the Home Energy Assistance Act of 1980. The law allows States the flexibility to tailor programs according to the needs of their low and fixed income residents.

APGA Position

APGA has pushed for full LIHEAP funding in meetings and letters to Congress for several years and will continue to urge lawmakers to maintain the fully authorized $5.1 billion funding level. APGA supports that no less than $4.7 billion for LIHEAP be in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget.