Each month, many American families worry about whether they'll be able to pay their home energy bills. Now, with the economy still fragile, the federal program that offers some relief to these families is in serious danger of losing funding.
Since 1981, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, has provided heating and cooling assistance to Americans in need. Despite overwhelming demand for energy assistance, Congress continues to cut LIHEAP funding. This program was funded at $5.1 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2010, was slashed to $4.7 billion in FY 2011, and to less than $3.5 billion in FY 2012 and FY 2013. President Obama is proposing to cut the program even further in FY 2014. Such drastic funding reductions would impact millions of low-income U.S. households.
Low-income households—particularly those that include elderly residents, the disabled, and children—are especially concerned about LIHEAP funding cuts since they are most vulnerable to rising costs and often must choose between paying their energy bills and buying food or medicine.
You can help to protect these Americans in need. Use this site to tell Congress to stop the proposed LIHEAP funding cuts and support increased funding for LIHEAP! Get started.