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

Senate Restores Access to Justice for People with Disabilities

On September 11, 2008, the Senate passed the “the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990” commonly known as the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This development is encouraging for people with disabilities and especially so since it passed the Senate without amendment by unanimous consent.