January 19, 2012 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) is releasing more than $863 million today to grantees to help
low-income households with their heating and other home energy
costs under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
This is the final release of regular block grant funds for Fiscal Year 2012. Including the $2.6 billion released since October 2011, grantees will receive a total of $3.4 billion in LIHEAP block funds for FY 2012.
"This support is critical for families needing assistance to pay their home energy costs," said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. "We are releasing these funds today to help ease the burden for those vulnerable families and aid them in getting through the remaining winter months and the summer months ahead."