Over $13 million in New Funds Released for Residents in New York
At the urging of Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and over 100 other members of the House of Representatives, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to release $131.17 million in additional funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP provides home heating aid for senior citizens and struggling families.
“Local residents living on fixed incomes don’t have the luxury of stretching their budget to cover the heating costs necessary to keep their homes warm and safe during Western New York’s cold winter,” said Congressman Higgins. “With the release of these funds New York State will receive an additional $13,491,614 to distribute to needy seniors and families this year.”
In a letter to the President dated September 13, 2007, Congressman Higgins and his colleagues pushed for the Administration to free up the more than $131 million contingency fund which was set to expire on September 30th.
The funds released this week bring the total delivered nationwide under LIHEAP to approximately $2.16 billion this year.