Issue Brief 15-03
January 30, 2015

On January 21, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released $302 million in Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds. States received an initial release of $3.1 billion in federal fiscal year (FY) 2015 funds in October 2014. With this second notice, ACF has released $3.357 billion of the $3.390 billion appropriated for the program in FY 2015. At this time, ACF is holding back $33.9 million (1%) of the total funding. Overall, LIHEAP funding decreased by -1% in FY 2015, preceded by a 5.2% increase in FY 2014, and a -6.2% reduction in FY 2013.