HHS Releases $3B in LIHEAP Funding for Families

The HHS’ Admin. for Children and Families distributes $3.05 billion in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program grants to states and tribes for redistribution to needy families in preparation for the cold months ahead.

The majority of LIHEAP funds (CFDA Number: 93.568) go to basic energy assistance through grants directly to households. States can spend up to 10% for administration and another 15% for weatherization aid. States can leverage private dollars to supplement their federal funds to increase access to energy assistance for families struggling each winter and summer.

Agencies will have to follow new ACF rules implemented to tighten the disbursements made from the initiative. HHS put in place new mandates in response to a Government Accountability Office report that found lapses in the integrity of the program. Specifically, LIHEAP grantees must implement third-party verification of household data obtained to reduce payments to ineligible households or in the wrong amount. Grantees will also be asked to do a self-evaluation of their program.

“LIHEAP is a lifeline for many vulnerable Americans, who often have to make tough choices within their household budgets,” says Jeannie Chaffin, director of the Office of Community Services at ACF. “Extreme indoor temperatures can negatively affect young children in particular, who face the highest risk of illness or even death from unstable home heating.”

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