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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Tuesday, October 21, 2003
||Contact: ACF Press Office
HHS PROVIDES $844 MILLION TO STATES TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS WITH ENERGY COSTS
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the release of
$844 million to states to help low-income citizens
with their heating bills during
October, November and December of this year. These funds represent
to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
"By releasing this money now, we are helping to provide
needed assistance to
millions of Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford
winter," Secretary Thompson said. "This program helps
to offset seasonal
energy costs for low-income families, leaving more of their income
for other necessities."
LIHEAP helps eligible families pay the costs of heating and
homes in the winter, and cooling their homes in the summer. More
million low-income households receive assistance each year.
HHS is releasing such a large allocation of LIHEAP funds now
in order to
ensure that states have resources available to support their
assistance programs as the weather turns colder. Special consideration
been given to the coldest states.
"Each year LIHEAP helps more than 4 million low-income
households deal with
energy costs," said Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., assistant secretary
and families. "We will continue to work with states to assure
heating assistance programs work effectively."
A list of first-quarter allocations under LIHEAP follows:
- Dist. of Col.
- Hawaii $449,376
- New Hampshire $8,963,368
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- State Total $834,174,463
- Tribes $8,577,785
- Territories $899,865
- TOTAL $843,652,113