Health and Human Services Announces Release of LIHEAP First Quarter Funds Under the Continuing Resolution

October 28, 2010

On October 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $1.854 billion in first quarter LIHEAP block grant funds under the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR), which was signed by President Obama on September 30, 2010. This short-term CR (P.L. 111-242) provides for the continued operation of government programs until December 3, 2010.

Under the direction of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), first quarter LIHEAP allocations under the CR are based on the Senate Appropriations Committee funding level for the block grant, in order to avoid restricting Congressional funding prerogatives. While the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee provided $5.1 billion in overall funding for LIHEAP, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended a funding level of $3.3 billion for the program. Under the Senate legislation funding for the regular state block grant is $2.709 billion.

In addition, the CR restricts the maximum percent of a state’s annual LIHEAP block grant available in the first quarter of the fiscal year to 75% of the grant based on the $2.71 billion funding. According to HHS, “State allocations at the $2.71 billion level, upon which first quarter grants are being made under the CR, were determined under current Senate language for FY 2011—which provides that $2.2 billion is allocated under the “old formula” percentages and $505 million is allocated using the “new formula” methodology.” Under the CR, as with FY 2010, states can continue to set their eligibility levels up to the greater of 150% of poverty or 75% state median income.

Click here for a chart with the complete list of third quarter LIHEAP allocations.

Click here for an updated NCSL brief on recent activity on LIHEAP including the current status of FY 2011 appropriations.

For more information please contact Sheri Steisel  or Tamra Spielvogel or call 202-624-5400.