HHS Releases Remaining FY 2013 LIHEAP Funds; Recommends New Performance Measures
On June 5, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released $187 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds. States had already received $3.1 billion in federal fiscal year (FY) 2013 funds through the beginning of May 2013. With this release, states have received their entire allocation of $3.255 billion for FY 2013. The final figure reflects the enacted appropriation and sequestration. Overall, states experienced a -6.2% reduction in funding for the LIHEAP block grant in FY 2013, preceded by a -26.1% decline in FY 2012.
In addition, ACF recently published a notice in the Federal Register on new performance measures to be collected and reported by state LIHEAP grantees. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by August 6, 2013, and the measures will be effective beginning in FY 2014, which begins on October 1, 2013.