A few important facts about LiHEAP –Low Income Heating Assistance Program:
- LIHEAP helps reduce energy burdens for approximately 6.8 million households, assisting an estimated 17 million Americans
- Households with young children, elderly individuals, those with disabilities or significant energy needs are prioritized, representing 71% of all recipient households. Without this vital assistance, many of these families would be faced with the impossible choice of choosing between heating and cooling their homes, and paying for other necessities such as food and medications.
- A large number of veterans use LIHEAP, an estimated 1.78 million households in FY11.3
- LIHEAP has been federally-funded since the Program’s inception.