Urge Congress To Support Additional LIHEAP Funding
Congress may consider additional LIHEAP appropriations before the end of the year. We ask you and your employees to TAKE ACTION NOW in expressing the need for additional LIHEAP funding for the 2022 – 2023 heating season.
Urge Congress To Act Now!
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced $4.5 billion in assistance for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FY 2023.
LIHEAP funds are distributed each year in the form of block grants to states, territories, and tribes.
In addition to subsidizing home heating costs this winter and covering unpaid utility bills, the federal program will help families make cost-effective home energy repairs to lower their heating and cooling bills.
The FY 2023 LIHEAP distributions to states totals $4,441,828,480 and derives from three funding sources:
— First release of $3.4 billion in regular fiscal year block grant funding from the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2023
— $1 billion in supplemental appropriations from the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2023
— $100 million appropriation from Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Appropriations Act of 2021
The $4.4 billion in funding from the Continuing Appropriations Act is available through December 16, 2022 and is expected to be extended by Congress.
A state-by-state breakdown of LIHEAP block grant awards to individual states may be downloaded here.
Total funding released to Pennsylvania – $228,153,219.
Residential Energy Efficiency
News of FY 2023 LIHEAP funding came at the same time the Department of Energy announced the allocation of $9 billion in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 for residential energy efficiency programs.
The program includes up to $14,000 in direct consumer rebates to buy heat pumps that DOE estimates will pay for 500,000 heat pumps.
Taken altogether, 500,000 heat pumps represent less than 1 percent of homes that use heating fuels.