The federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides resources to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy bills. It pays a portion of bills to the energy vendor based on a sliding scale of need. In 2012, CAAs served about 4 million households, about 60% of all LIHEAP participants, and received more than half of the $3.4 billon appropriated for LIHEAP that year.

LIHEAP Funding is a primary focus for NCAF. In response to the economic crisis of 2008-9, Congress more than doubled LIHEAP funding. Budget concerns have resulted in program reductions regardless of the still-existing need. The Administration has proposed deeper cuts than those accepted by Congress in recent years. Like most of Community Action Agencies’ human services programs, LIHEAP must fit in the limited and shrinking HHS budget.

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