HHS Announces LIHEAP Emergency Contingency Fund Allocations

On September 17, 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $121 million in energy assistance via its Emergency Contingency Fund to help eligible low-income households meet home energy costs via its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP assists with home heating and cooling costs to ensure the safety of individuals most in need, including children, the elderly and the people with disabilities.

Of the $121 million from the Emergency Contingency Fund, South Carolina will receive $652,643.

 Eligibility: SC families receiving LIHEAP assistance have incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level. To learn more about LIHEAP in SC, see http://www.liheap.org/liheap%20fact%20sheet/SC/liheap-SC.pdf.

For information about the program, see http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/.  For a brochure, click http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/brochure.html.

For information about the program in South Carolina, visit http://www.oepp.sc.gov/oeo/programs.htm.

-RFW

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