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HHS releases more than $863 million to help low-income households with energy costs stay safe and healthy.

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HHS releases more than $863 million to help low-income households with energy costs stay safe and healthy

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). HHS is releasing the remaining funds, made available by the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74), to states, territories, tribes and the District of Columbia.

“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.”

LIHEAP assists low-income households, including families with children and seniors, with their home energy needs such as heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and insulating their homes to make them more energy-efficient and to reduce their energy costs. The $863 million in regular block grant funds released today is in addition to the $2.6 billion released since October 2011. Including funds released today, grantees will receive a total of $3.4 billion in LIHEAP block funds for Fiscal Year 2012.

“Many Americans make difficult decisions whether it’s paying for rent, food and heating costs, which can add a real strain on families,” said Jeannie Chaffin, director for the Office of Community Services. “We are releasing these funds today to help as many families as possible get through this winter season safe and warm.”

For a complete list of additional funds available to grantees today please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2012/FY2012LIHEAP_GrossAlloc.html

Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local/state LIHEAP agency. For more information, go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap or http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/brochure/brochure.html

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FY 2012 LIHEAP GROSS ALLOCATIONS

State
1st Quarter Award
Remaining Award
Full-Year Allocations
Alabama $35,555,637 $11,851,879 $47,407,516
Alaska $13,688,238 $4,313,335 $18,001,573
Arizona $17,724,259 $6,127,711 $23,851,970
Arkansas $21,403,023 $7,134,341 $28,537,364
California $115,930,830 $38,643,606 $154,574,436
Colorado $35,481,215 $11,827,071 $47,308,286
Connecticut $59,648,973 $19,882,991 $79,531,964
Delaware $8,967,607 $2,989,202 $11,956,809
District of Columbia $8,015,356 $2,671,785 $10,687,141
Florida $58,529,568 $19,510,152 $78,039,720
Georgia $46,276,775 $15,425,591 $61,702,366
Hawaii $4,580,258 $1,526,753 $6,107,011
Idaho $15,432,268 $5,144,088 $20,576,356
Illinois $139,262,864 $46,420,955 $185,683,819
Indiana $60,005,465 $20,000,044 $80,005,509
Iowa $41,109,616 $13,703,205 $54,812,821
Kansas $24,167,411 $7,992,323 $32,159,734
Kentucky $34,817,303 $11,605,767 $46,423,070
Louisiana $32,566,182 $10,855,394 $43,421,576
Maine $29,986,272 $9,995,423 $39,981,695
Maryland $52,342,732 $17,447,577 $69,790,309
Massachusetts $99,548,346 $33,182,782 $132,731,128
Michigan $130,169,058 $43,280,601 $173,449,659
Minnesota $87,629,041 $29,209,680 $116,838,721
Mississippi $23,692,911 $7,897,636 $31,590,547
Missouri $51,173,346 $17,057,782 $68,231,128
Montana $18,101,067 $6,033,690 $24,134,757
Nebraska $22,669,182 $7,556,394 $30,225,576
Nevada $8,401,921 $2,800,640 $11,202,561
New Hampshire $19,541,255 $6,513,752 $26,055,007
New Jersey $102,559,426 $34,186,475 $136,745,901
New Mexico $12,805,865 $4,268,620 $17,074,485
New York $281,782,327 $93,927,442 $375,709,769
North Carolina $62,258,142 $20,752,714 $83,010,856
North Dakota $19,663,237 $6,554,411 $26,217,648
Ohio $124,097,616 $41,365,872 $165,463,488
Oklahoma $27,076,140 $9,018,218 $36,094,358
Oregon $27,578,877 $9,087,044 $36,665,921
Pennsylvania $157,161,139 $52,387,046 $209,548,185
Rhode Island $17,430,969 $5,810,323 $23,241,292
South Carolina $27,202,417 $9,067,472 $36,269,889
South Dakota $15,969,992 $5,323,330 $21,293,322
Tennessee $41,553,995 $13,851,332 $55,405,327
Texas $97,374,042 $32,458,014 $129,832,056
Utah $18,397,093 $6,116,363 $24,513,456
Vermont $14,646,867 $4,882,289 $19,529,156
Virginia $60,327,249 $20,109,083 $80,436,332
Washington $45,150,036 $15,160,353 $60,310,389
West Virginia $22,274,638 $7,424,879 $29,699,517
Wisconsin $78,878,720 $26,292,906 $105,171,626
Wyoming $7,360,987 $2,453,662 $9,814,649
Total to States and Tribes $2,577,967,753 $859,099,998 $3,437,067,751

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Territory

1st Quarter Award

Remaining Award

Full-Year Allocations

American Samoa $57,830 $19,277 $77,107
Guam $126,789 $42,263 $169,052
Northern Marianas $44,038 $14,679 $58,717
Puerto Rico $0 $4,196,331 $4,196,331
Virgin Islands $119,893 $39,964 $159,857
Total to Territories $348,550 $4,312,514 $4,661,064
Total All Grantees $2,578,316,303 $863,412,512 $3,441,728,815

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* The above information is adapted from materials provided by USA Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
** More information at USA Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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