Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 115 House members yesterday in requesting increased funding totaling $1.6 billion from the US Department of Health & Human Services Low Income Home Emergency Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“As you know, LIHEAP helps families who are at risk of being unable to afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool them in the summer. Last year, more than six million households across the country relied on critical assistance from the LIHEAP program,” the lawmakers wrote. “For the families who receive LIHEAP, it is a critical lifeline that prevents them from making the impossible choice between staying warm and having enough food or paying for their medications.”
The letter signed by the 115 House Members was dated December 7, 2023 and sent to all four Congressional letters.