THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
President Clinton today directed HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) emergency funds totaling $45 million to Alaska and ten Northeastern and Middle Atlantic states. These states have been hit hardest by increases in home heating fuel prices this winter and are currently experiencing severe weather conditions.
The 11 states are: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
These states have faced a substantial increase in home heating costs this winter. Fuel costs in some areas of the country have reached their highest point since the Gulf War. Although temperatures this winter have been relatively mild in most parts of the country, price increases have disproportionately affected low-income households in these states.
LIHEAP helps eligible families pay for fuel and weatherization to insulate homes. States determine eligibility and benefit levels. Also as part of LIHEAP, the Congress sets aside emergency funds to help States meet urgent home heating or cooling needs. The President determines when an emergency warrants the release of these funds.
This is the second release of LIHEAP emergency funds for fiscal year 2000. An additional $250 million in LIHEAP emergency funds is available for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The state allocations follow. These totals include funds that HHS will provide directly to tribes in these states.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) FY 2000 State Contingency Allotments Released January 25, 2000 Contingency Number of State Allotment Low-Income Households Alaska $2,470,028 31,668 Connecticut 3,108,201 156,783 Delaware 946,906 35,921 Maine 10,287,429 83,478 Massachusetts 10,090,483 362,966 New Hampshire 5,412,413 47,183 New Jersey 3,037,644 351,193 New York 2,648,201 1,429,901 Pennsylvania 2,509,882 713,392 Rhode Island 2,627,584 72,542 Vermont 1,861,229 32,421 Total $45,000,000