The federal government is providing funding to Florida to increase the size of assistance programs that are available to state residents. Florida will be receiving over $80 million out of a total federal program of $2.6 billion that is going to be provided states to help low and moderate income residents pay for their heating bills. the money will be spent over the last three months of the year.
The government program distributing the money is is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In addition to these most recent funds that will be used to pay for heating bills, the program also offers aid to help families pay their cooling bills.
By the state of Florida and the U.S. government releasing the money now, they are both helping to provide needed energy bill assistance to millions of Americans who otherwise might not be able to afford heat this winter. This very important program helps to offset seasonal energy costs for low income families, leaving more of their income to use for other necessities. A part of the program will even provide emergency funds so that people do not have their service shut off.
If someone is interested in learning more, or for those interested in applying for energy bill assistance, they should contact their local or state LIHEAP agency to learn more.