$108 million in LIHEAP Funding for Minnesota Families
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released over $108 million dollars for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help keep Minnesotans warm in sub-zero winter temperatures.
“Families across our state continue to struggle with the steep rise in home heating costs,” said Klobuchar. “This funding will be used to help Minnesotans keep warm in frigid winter temperatures. High heating costs are a reminder of the importance of investing in the renewable fuels of the future that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lessen the burden on our hard working families.”
Klobuchar has been a strong supporter of the LIHEAP program which helps families deal with their rapidly rising home heating bills. The funds are Minnesota’s share of $2.7 billion being released to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for the final three months of 2009.
LIHEAP funds are released through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Minnesota Department of Commerce through 37 local service providers around the state. Grants are based on income and family size.