WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced $25,584,281 in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant funds for October, November and December of this year for the state of New Hampshire. The mission of LIHEAP is to assist low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. These funds are provided through the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Ever since I came to Congress, I have been a strong advocate of LIHEAP,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “No one should ever have to choose between heating their home and putting food on their table. These funds are essential for the health and safety of families who rely on this program to keep them warm during the cold New Hampshire winters.”
On February 17, 2009, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Appropriations Chairman David Obey, urging them to increase LIHEAP funding by $1 billion this year and to also fully fund LIHEAP to its authorized level of $5.1 billion next year. Shea-Porter wrote that Congress must provide a meaningful level of assistance in order to ensure the safety of New Hampshire’s seniors and families.