Letter to Secretary Sebelius on LIHEAP Program

April 17, 2014

Excerpt: Since the enactment of the Farm Bill, the way in which some states are misusing LIHEAP payments since the enactment of the Farm Bill may prevent families who are eligible for LIHEAP from receiving this assistance. The Congressional Research Service reports that LIHEAP funding is not sufficient to assist every household that is eligible for the program. In FY 2009, HHS estimated that 35 million households were eligible for LIHEAP yet roughly one fifth of those eligible received any heating and/or cooling assistance that year. LIHEAP advocates came to the Hill just last week to ask Congress to increase funding for the program while HHS continues to allow states to misuse the current appropriation. 


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