Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal block grant programme that helps low-income consumers pay the costs of heating and insulating their homes in the winter, and cooling their homes in the summer. Through this programme, the federal government in fact provides funding to the states to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy costs, to intervene in times of crisis, and to provide low-cost residential weatherization and other cost-effective energy related repair services. Thus, energy efficiency improvements are secondary aspect of the programme. Approximately 4 million low-income households receive assistance through the LIHEAP each year. LIHEAP is administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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