WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland low-income families will receive an additional $8.3 million in federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Marylanders stay warm this winter. This brings Maryland’s total to $68.5 million in federal funds and is made possible through the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014.
“This is good news for Maryland families who need to know that their homes will be safe and warm during the cold winter months. This year has been particularly harsh for our entire region,” said Senator Cardin. “Seniors, young children and disabled citizens are particularly vulnerable to extreme temperatures and this LIHEAP funding will help prevent utility-shut offs this winter.”
“No family should be forced to choose between paying the heating bill and putting food on the table,” said Senator Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Too many people are being stretched and stressed by high energy costs. I fought hard for these funds in the federal checkbook so that families would have a government on their side when they need it most. This critical energy assistance for low income families will help those most in need care for themselves and their families during this frigid winter.”
LIHEAP provides critical federal home energy assistance for those who need it most through HHS. Today’s announcement of an additional $8.3 million for Maryland families is part of $454 million in additional funding released nationwide. In Maryland, more than 124,000 households rely on LIHEAP. This additional funding will ensure more Maryland households aren’t left out in the cold this winter. Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on income, family size, and the availability of resources.
For more information on LIHEAP, Marylanders can visit: http://www.liheap.org/?page_id=515