LIHEAP

LIHEAP Update - Funding Increased

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018” as the most recent Continuing Resolution (CR) was about to expire.  With this budget bill Congress increased LIHEAP funding by $250 million to a total of $3.64 billion through October 2018.

APGA is pleased with the increase in funding and has recently signed onto a letter sent to congressional appropriations committees asking them to maintain or increase the amount of LIHEAP funding for fiscal year 2019.  APGA continues to push for full funding at the authorized $5.1 billion level.

APGA Requests that Members Sign the Open Letter to Congressional Appropriators in Support of FY 2019 LIHEAP Funding

On February 12, 2018, President Trump released his proposed fiscal year 2019 federal budget. As they did in FY’2018, the Trump administration has recommended eliminating spending on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That represents a $3.3 billion decrease from the fiscal year 2018 levels.

President Trump’s budget will now be submitted to Congress and sends a message on the priorities that the President would like to pursue.  After Congress receives the budget, it will be dispersed to various committees where it will be reviewed and reprioritized.  It is during this time in committee that Senators and House members have the opportunity to add or remove program funds. It is important to note that the President’s Budget is largely symbolic and faces many obstacles including Republican and Democrat Senators and House members with state constituencies that will be hugely impacted.

APGA has recently signed on to an open letter from the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC), to congressional appropriations committees asking them to maintain or increase the amount of LIHEAP funding for fiscal year 2019. APGA is requesting that Member systems sign on to the Open Letter to Congressional Appropriations Committees from the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) which requests that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for FY19 be made a priority as they draft the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill  (note: 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). 

In early FY18 there was an initial release of $3.03 billion which represents 90% of the full year funding available under the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution. This joint letter requests maintaining or increasing that funding for FY19 in light of the continuing need for home heating and cooling assistance. APGA supports a full funding level of $5.1 billion for LIHEAP.

Sign the Open Letter here 

You will find a web form that will walk you through the process.

Please contact Todd Brady if your system chooses to sign the letter.    

Earlier

2017 LIHEAP Funding

APGA is requesting that member systems sign on to an open letter 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).

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.