QuickFacts: 2015 LIHEAP Funds Released

This week, the HHS Office of Community Services released $3.05 billion– 90 percent– of the 2015 LIHEAP funding appropriated under the continuing resolution. States may draw on these funds per the timetable in their state plans. Click here to view the table to learn the amount available to your state or tribe. Two weeks ago, a [...]

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LIHEAP Clearinghouse Newsletter September 2014, Issue #24

Michigan State Agencies Award Nearly $90 Million in Energy Assistance GrantsIn late August, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) granted $89.5 million to 13 entities as part of the Michigan Energy Assistance Program (MEAP). For the fiscal year beginning October 1, the funds will support programs that [...]

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October 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Rim Joists

When most people hear the words, “rim joist,” the last thing that probably comes to mind is an opportunity to reduce heat losses and lower energy use in their home during the winter. A majority likely do not know where a rim joist is or if they have one. Even with its other names like [...]

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Funds for Furnace Repair and Replacement

September 17 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has published a new report titled “LIHEAP Funds for Furnace Repair and Replacement: Using Crisis and Weatherization Funds to Address Equipment Needs”. The brief examines how some LIHEAP grantees structure their offerings to replace or repair inefficient or inoperable heating systems. It examines the range of funding for these [...]

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September 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Outside Lighting

As we slowly progress towards our winter solstice, daytime becomes shorter, nighttime becomes longer and exterior lighting becomes more important. Accord to the Department of Energy, 22 percent of all energy generated in the U.S. is used for lighting. Even with that, the last thing home owners typically consider is how efficient their yard or [...]

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Online Application for LIHEAP

September 8 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has published a new report titled “Online Application for LIHEAP”. Online application is becoming a common and convenient way to apply for a variety of social service benefits. This report provides an overview of online application for multiple benefits; discusses the advantages and barriers to clients and grantees; and [...]

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LIHEAP Clearinghouse Releases Program Integrity Report

August 21 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has issued a report titled LIHEAP Program Integrity: States Make Progress on Documentation and Verification of Client Information. It examines the measures taken by states to enhance program integrity in the areas of documenting and verifying client identity and income. Since a report published by the Government Accountability Office [...]

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NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

BY THE LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING,  Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. CT State Office Building, Lower Level Conf. Room A 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services is holding this [...]

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LIHEAP Clearinghouse Releases New Report

August 5 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has published a four-page issue brief titled A New Framework for “Heat and Eat:” LIHEAP and SNAP After the 2014 Farm Bill. For years, over a dozen LIHEAP grantees coordinated their LIHEAP and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) to help low-income households both heat their homes and feed their [...]

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July 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Summertime Windows

Unless you are trying to rid your home of unwanted, daytime vampires, there is not an energy-efficient reason for letting sunlight pour into your home on hot, summer days. When outdoor temperatures exceed your thermostat setting for cooling, energy savings from the sun’s “free lighting” begins to be rapidly offset by air conditioning costs. How [...]

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