HHS Releases Additional LIHEAP Funds
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released $381 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds. States received an initial release of $3.3 billion in November 2019. The FY 2020 budget provided $3.74 billion for LIHEAP and included a new provision to ensure states receive at least 97% of the previous year’s amount. To date, HHS has allocated 99% of available funds; the remainder is being withheld for the secretary’s transfer authority.