(Washington, D.C.) Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced today that Iowa will receive $7,419,062 million from the U.S. Department of Human Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help eligible Iowans meet home energy costs.
Today’s funding was made possible by a $169 million increase in funding for LIHEAP that Harkin secured in the Fiscal Year 2014 Omnibus. Harkin is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS subcommittee) that oversees these initiatives.
In fiscal year 2014, Iowa received $53,734,767 in LIHEAP funding, $2,442,407 more than in fiscal year 2013. Last year, this program provided home heating assistance to approximately 86,000 Iowan households.