FEDERAL UPDATE: FY 2011 LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP) FUNDING


Updated January 20, 2011

LIHEAP Funding in FY 2011 Continuing Resolution
On December 22, 2010, the President signed into law the latest Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by Congress that will fund government programs through March 4, 2011 (Public Law No: 111-322). While the CR provides funding for most programs at the FY 2010 enacted levels this CR provides additional funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to obligate the same amount of funds for LIHEAP as was obligated for this period during the last fiscal year. Estimates are that this amounts to roughly $4 billion or 80% of the total FY 2010 appropriation. In addition, the CR provides the administration authority to release emergency funds as well ($590.3 million in emergency fund authority). The provision is aimed at managing the fact that a majority of LIHEAP funds are spent during the cold winter months covered by this CR.

On January 12, 2011 HHS announced the availability of these new funds bringing the total LIHEAP funds made available since October 1, the start of the FY 2011 fiscal year, to $3.9 billion. A state by state allocation chart is below.

The following is the legislative language from the CR concerning LIHEAP.

Sec. 162. Notwithstanding section 109, of the funds made available by section 101 for payments under subsections (b) and (d) of section 2602 of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, the Department of Health and Human Services shall obligate the same amount during the period covered by this continuing resolution as was obligated for such purpose during the comparable period during fiscal year 2010.

On September 20, 2010 NCSL joined a broad coalition of organizations in signing onto a letter to congressional leadership urging funding for the LIHEAP program for FY 2011 at the current level of $5.1 billion. LIHEAP has been funded at its full authorization level of $5.1 billion for the last two fiscal years. To view a copy of the letter visit: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?TabId=21355.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Sheri Steisel, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel & Senior Committee Director, Human Services and Welfare
Sheri.Steisel@ncsl.org
(202) 624-5400

FY 2011 Cumulative LIHEAP Allocations Under the Continuing Resolutions

 

States

Total Allocated to States

Alabama

51,907,782

Alaska

13,670,291

Arizona

15,393,452

Arkansas

35,332,520

California

118,597,211

Colorado

50,773,152

Connecticut

95,748,548

Delaware

13,501,735

District of Columbia

13,819,852

Florida

98,071,290

Georgia

86,178,083

Hawaii

3,026,113

Idaho

22,785,062

Illinois

229,998,958

Indiana

82,289,815

Iowa

66,967,958

Kansas

41,164,854

Kentucky

57,031,558

Louisiana

46,108,754

Maine

51,680,136

Maryland

76,942,926

Massachusetts

173,294,424

Michigan

183,570,408

Minnesota

142,748,546

Mississippi

39,098,358

Missouri

70,563,330

Montana

25,753,773

Nebraska

39,046,063

States

Total Allocated to States

Nevada

15,646,324

New Hampshire

33,692,487

New Jersey

175,014,987

New Mexico

20,321,726

New York

473,102,148

North Carolina

72,422,187

North Dakota

26,962,899

Ohio

110,181,129

Oklahoma

38,692,262

Oregon

44,090,988

Pennsylvania

267,652,343

Rhode Island

29,217,419

South Carolina

23,364,475

South Dakota

22,186,501

Tennessee

40,786,681

Texas

181,333,046

Utah

28,085,966

Vermont

22,728,347

Virginia

75,707,390

Washington

70,686,688

West Virginia

38,405,309

Wisconsin

128,494,189

Wyoming

12,372,404

  Total to States

3,896,212,847

    Tribes

48,776,407

    Territories

174,713

      Total Allocations

3,945,163,967

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  HHS

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