November 02, 2022
**Shaheen is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee which funds LIHEAP and consistently secures strong resources to support the program**
(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) $33.9 million in LIHEAP dollars, which was administered by the department US Health and Human Services Department (HHS). LIHEAP helps families pay home heating bills and avoid power outages. Assistance can also be used to restore services, make minor energy-related household repairs, and weatherproof homes to make them more energy efficient.
“Especially as the winter months approach, ensuring Granite Staters are housed and in residences with adequate heating is crucial, so I am relieved to see these additional federal resources being allocated to New Hampshire. I urge the state to act quickly and return these funds to candidates,” said Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds LIHEAP. “Democrats in Congress have worked diligently to provide continued resources to LIHEAP through various funding streams, including the recently signed Emergency Funding Bill, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the US bailout and annual government funding legislation. I will continue to explore all available avenues to provide the tools our families need to keep homes safe and healthy.
“As Granite Staters grapples with high costs, I am focused on ways to help our families, which is why I led a bipartisan effort that is now offering New Hampshire a 30% raise for the assistance with domestic heating, said Senator Hassan. “This relief will help more New Hampshire families pay their home heating bills, and I will continue to work to reduce costs across the board.”
“As energy costs remain high and we head into the cold winter months, LIHEAP is an essential resource for New Hampshire families to keep their homes safe and warm,” said MP Kuster. “I have called for increased funding for LIHEAP, and these additional federal funds will help ensure that Granite Staters who are struggling to pay their home energy costs can continue to rely on this lifeline. I will continue to work to reduce energy costs and support programs like LIHEAP that ease the burden of high prices on New Hampshire families and communities.
“LIHEAP is a critical program that keeps Granite Staters safe and healthy, and it’s great news that this additional funding I’ve requested is being provided,” said Congressman Chris Pappas. “It’s important that all families can keep their heat on and maintain proper heating systems this winter, and this funding will help ensure that.” I will continue to call on the administration to provide additional funding to our state, take additional steps to reduce energy costs, and I will always support programs like LIHEAP that serve our families and communities.
LIHEAP funds the New Hampshire Fuel Assistance Program. Granite Staters who need help with their energy bills should apply through their local Community Action Partnership at https://www.capnh.org/home.
In September, New Hampshire’s congressional delegation celebrated $1 billion in emergency funding for LIHEAP which was quickly signed into law. Earlier in the year, Shaheen announced that the Senate Democrats’ proposal for fiscal year 2023 includes $4 billion for LIHEAP, which would represent a $200 million increase from fiscal year 2022. of the $900 million in LIHEAP funds allocated through the CARES Act in 2020, Shaheen and Hassan worked to secure $4.5 billion for LIHEAP under the U.S. bailout that was signed into law in March 2021 and provided $35,498,757 to New Hampshire. Senator Shaheen also used her role on appropriations and as lead negotiator for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to push for increased LIHEAP funding for Granite State families, leading to the highest ever LIHEAP funding total. received over a 12-month period in New Hampshire history. Following the June announcement of electricity rate increases approved by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, the New Hampshire delegation urged the state to use the remaining funding secured in the US bailout to provide financial assistance to help Granite Staters pay its home energy bills.
As a lead appropriator, Senator Shaheen has consistently secured federal funding for LIHEAP to help low-income households pay their energy bills and stay safe through the winter. Last month, Shaheen joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in a campaign calling for the quick release of LIHEAP funds. Shaheen also champions the Weatherization Assistance Program and other energy efficiency measures to help Granite Staters reduce energy consumption and reduce monthly bills. On Thursday, Shaheen hosted a roundtable at Southern NH Services’ Sundance Village to highlight federal funds available to help Granite Staters with home heating costs this winter. She also posted a federal resource page to help New Hampshire families navigate the programs and tax incentives available to them to help keep costs down this winter.
Senator Hassan is working across the aisle to reduce the energy costs of granite staters. During negotiations on government funding legislation beginning in September, Senator Hassan worked closely with Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to build bipartisan support for LIHEAP funding, which led to increased funding announced today. Senator Hassan also recently led the New England delegation in calling on President Biden to cut energy costs by releasing oil from the Northeast’s heating oil reserve. Senator Hassan was successfully included in the Inflation Reduction Act its measure with Susan Collins (R-ME) to help reduce energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by expanding and extending a tax credit for energy-efficient home improvements.
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