APGA has urged Congress to provide full funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and have pushed for full funding in meetings and letters to Congress.
LIHEAP, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, continues to play a critical role in helping low-income families meet their energy needs. Approximately 35 million households across the nation are eligible for LIHEAP assistance. Without LIHEAP funding assistance many low-income families face the difficult choice between paying their energy bills or paying for other necessities, such as healthcare, food and childcare.
While LIHEAP has been authorized at a funding level of $5.1 billion, it has historically received funding at a level in the low $3 billion range.