LIHEAP & Fuel Assistance

The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is the cornerstone of government efforts to help needy households afford their energy bills.  As the cost of energy outpaces increases in salaries and government benefits, more and more low-income families are struggling to make ends meet. When the utility bills cannot be paid and the heat is turned off in the winter, or electricity turned off in the summer, the health of children, the elderly, and other household members is at risk. LIHEAP is designed to assist low-income households with their energy costs, but federal funding for the program lags far behind the need. Adequate federal LIHEAP appropriations can help families stay current with their energy bills and avoid devastating utility disconnections.

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