Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that Massachusetts is getting an additional $37 million and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will receive an additional $55,000 through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), after the Biden Administration released $1 billion in LIHEAP aid to states nationwide.
“No family should have to choose between paying their energy bills and putting food on the table during the cold winter months,” said Senator Warren. “LIHEAP is a lifeline for our communities – and I’ll keep fighting to lower energy costs for families across Massachusetts so they aren’t faced with this impossible choice.”
This latest allocation brings Massachusetts’s FY 2023 appropriation for LIHEAP up to $196 million so far this year and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s appropriation to $294,000.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills by providing payment and energy crisis assistance to pay for gas, electric, and other methods customers use to heat their homes. Nationwide, an estimated 5.3 million households received assistance with heating and cooling costs through LIHEAP. Over 130,000 Massachusetts households received LIHEAP funding last winter.
Eligibility for home energy assistance is based on several factors, including (but not limited to) household size and gross annual income of all household members 18 years and older. Those households making up to 60% of state median income are eligible, for instance a family of 4 making $81,561 would be eligible for the program. Your local agency can help you determine if you qualify, and eligibility and benefit information is available online here.
Earlier this month, Senator Warren joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and thirty other senators in a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the swift allocation of remaining emergency LIHEAP funds.