Brown Fought Back Against a House Proposal that Would Have Reprogrammed LIHEAP Funds to Warmer Weather States
WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 14, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that that the Obama Administration is releasing $3.1 billion in low-income heating assistance funds under the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution. Ohio seniors and working families are set to receive more than $140 million in home heating assistance funds during the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution.
“Winters in Ohio are bitterly cold—and during these most frigid months, we must ensure that our seniors and working families are able to keep the heat turned on,” Brown said. “No Ohioan should have to choose between filling a prescription, putting dinner on the table, or keeping warm—and that’s where LIHEAP helps fill the gap. Last year, hundreds of thousands of Ohioans relied on home heating assistance funds to keep the thermostat turned on, and the budget agreement for 2013 ensures that Ohio receives a fair share of the available LIHEAP funding.”
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. Most states—with the exception of Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia— will soon receive 90% of their full year allocations under the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution. These states will receive the percentage of their full year allocation they requested in their annual state plans, which is less than 90% for the first two quarters of the year.
In November 2011, Brown released a county-by-county report on the more than 426,400 Ohio households that received home heating assistance through LIHEAP in 2010.
In October 2011, Brown led 33 senators in a bipartisan letter to the Obama Administration urging the speedy deployment of LIHEAP resources. A copy of that letter can be seen here.
In order to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Ohioans may go to the State of Ohio website to get more information about the program and application process. Or, Ohioans may contact their local Community Action Agencies.