Champions of LIHEAP: Senator Ed Markey

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Champions of LIHEAP is an initiative from the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance to raise up the individuals who are active supporters and defenders of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. From out in the field to offices on The Hill, LIHEAP Champions are men and women from both sides of the political aisle. 

SENATOR ED MARKEY: MASSACHUSETTS

Senator Ed Markey is an avid supporter of energy, environmental protection, and telecommunications issues, particularly when they impact the residents of Massachusetts. He is dedicated to improving the lives of people in his state and the nation at large. 

Below are his comments in support of LIHEAP and its impact on local Massachusetts residents. Thank you to Senator Markey for his commitment and advocacy on behalf of LIHEAP and the households it serves.

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"When temperatures drop and energy bills pile up, LIHEAP helps families in Massachusetts and throughout the country with a needed lifeline. No household should suffer chills in order to pay bills in the winter, and LIHEAP funding helps families stay warm and make ends meet during tough economic times."
Senator Ed Markey, Massachusetts

Campaign for Home Energy Assistance: Statement on FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill

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Washington, DC – Today, the House Appropriations subcommittee approved the FY2019 spending bill for Labor HHS programs, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The approved bill maintains FY2018 funding levels of $177.1 billion across all Labor HHS programs, although distributions in the FY2019 have changed to target programs that prioritize medical research, public health, biodefense, education, and important activities that help promote job readiness. LIHEAP’s approved funding of $3.64 billion is consistent with last year’s funding levels.

 

“In a time of redistribution of funds and shifting priorities, we appreciate the House’s shared opinion that LIHEAP is an honorable program worth consistent funding,” said Campaign for Home Energy Assistance director Michael Bracy.

 

The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance applauds the work and energy of key committee members for upholding strong funding for LIHEAP, a vital and efficient national program that provides temporary energy assistance funds to qualifying households, especially those with seniors, Veterans, individuals with disabilities or families with school-aged children, who are struggling with extreme poverty and cannot keep their utilities on during the extreme cold of winter or heat of summer.

 

Current funding levels support about 6.7 million households—a fraction of the total number of households that meet LIHEAP qualifications. The average LIHEAP grant is estimated to cover less than half of the average home heating/cooling costs for households, meaning that many low-income families and seniors have fewer resources available to meet other basic needs.

 

The House’s FY2019 funding decision enables LIHEAP champions and advocates to continue their efforts to get LIHEAP funds to those households who need it most. The Campaign will continue to engage with policymakers on Capitol Hill and LIHEAP advocates across the country to educate individuals, families and lawmakers about the importance of LIHEAP for many low-income families. For the latest news and information on LIHEAP, visit www.liheap.org.

Champions of LIHEAP: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro

Champions of LIHEAP is an initiative from the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance to raise up the individuals who are active supporters and defenders of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. From out in the field to offices on The Hill, LIHEAP Champions are men and women from both sides of the political aisle. 

The Newest LIHEAP Advocates: Program Recipients

The Newest LIHEAP Advocates: Program Recipients

n spite of their category as “the public” who receive LIHEAP support by the millions around the country year in and out, most prefer to stay anonymous and let their community and political representatives speak publicly on their behalf, as this prized program has come under attack in the past budget year, increasingly, brave faces from every section of the spectrum have been coming forward in a new PR effort that’s as grass-roots as you can get in communicating the essential day-in-and-out role this program plays in so many of our neighbors’ lives.