FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Media Relations
January 13, 2011
States Receive Additional Home Energy Assistance
To Help Americans Pay Their Bills This Winter
AARP Applauds Release of $1.6B in LIHEAP Funds
Washington— AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the release of an additional $1.6 billion in Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds under the FY2011 budget, which will aid states in their efforts to assist millions of Americans with their home energy bills. The organization strongly supports LIHEAP and the additional Congressional Continuing Appropriations that will run through March 4:
“We applaud the release today of critical home energy assistance funding to the states during this particularly harsh winter. The number of households served by LIHEAP is expected to reach record levels again this year. We have seen a significant increase in the number of Americans who would benefit from LIHEAP funding, which reflects the continued high unemployment rates, as well as escalating home energy costs.
“Older and economically disadvantaged Americans find themselves in a very difficult position—they are often forced to choose between food and medicine and keeping their homes heated or cooled. Energy assistance is crucial for older Americans, as they are particularly vulnerable to hypothermia and heat stroke.
“Adequate LIHEAP funding—and providing help to the vulnerable in times of extreme need—should continue to be on our nation’s priority list.”
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