STATE—Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced last week that New Jersey will be given $3,723,658 in emergency energy assistance. The funds from the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will provide states, territories, tribal areas and the District of Columbia with heating assistance for the upcoming winter months.
“The release of these funds will address the energy emergencies low-income families face during the upcoming cold winter months,” Leavitt said.
LIHEAP funding is administered to states through the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families under HHS. These funds will assist eligible low-income households in meeting their heating, insulation or cooling needs.
“The money being released today by the Bush Administration shows our commitment to protecting the vulnerable citizens of New Jersey,” Daniel Schneider, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families said.
The funds released today through the LIHEAP contingency fund brings the total delivered to approximately $2.59 billion this fiscal year.
A total of $121 million nationally is being released for energy assistance.
Individuals interested in applying for energy assistance should contact their local LIHEAP agency. For more information, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/liheap or call 1-866-674-6327.
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