How Can I Help?
How Can I Help?
Save LIHEAP Postcards
You can place these Save LIHEAP Postcards in the lobby of LIHEAP agencies to promote awareness.
Write your congressperson now to insist LIHEAP be restored to the budget.
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Please help families and vulnerable populations by contacting your representatives and asking them to protect LIHEAP and continue to fund this critical program in the FY18 budget.
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What are Members of Congress doing?
Thank you for taking action! 196 House Representatives signed the ‘House’ Dear Colleague letter supporting LIHEAP, and 43 Senators signed the ‘Senate’ Dear Colleague letter supporting LIHEAP. Download each of the letters to see which congressional representatives signed and be sure to thank them!
Missouri: Analysis of 5 year LIHEAP grants
See here: MI-2016 5yr LIHEAP Analysis Handout, for research from Missouri Community Action Network compiling LIHEAP recipient information over a 5 year period.
Quote from Missouri CAN Executive Director Kurt Brewer
In a nutshell, over the past 5 years, nearly 80% of recipients utilized the program for short term situations. Only 4.4% of Missouri households received benefits every year. Of those, 59% were disabled households, and 73% were vulnerable households (elderly, disabled, or children age 5 and under).
Additionally, we know that the LIHEAP program opens the door to other programs. Once the immediate crises is abated, families are able to think about long-term goals to improve their situation (weatherization, employment & training, education, etc.).
HHS LIHEAP Data Warehouse
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#SaveLIHEAP on Twitter
NEUAC also has initiated the hashtag #SaveLIHEAP on Twitter. When posting or retweeting, please use this hashtag or #LIHEAP to keep the conversation going.
Tell us your LIHEAP story
Please share your LIHEAP story so we can quickly spread the word: Tell Us Your Story.
Campaign for Home Energy Assistance White Paper
The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance this week released its 2017 LIHEAP White Paper — Investing in LIHEAP: Assessing the Impact of Economic Stressors on the Home Energy Crisis (download the PDF via link)
State by State LIHEAP data
Use this information to contact your representatives! FY2018 state-by-state data on LIHEAP eligibility, funding and usage: LIHEAP State Sheets
LIHEAP Talking Points
- Download these talking points for LIHEAP
- The Realities of LIHEAP. Some important clarifications on some LIHEAP distortions being peddled.
- New: Talking Points, more key data. (thank you, NEADA!)
LIHEAP story from California: A young mother of three lived in an older all-electric home and had their electricity shut off due to a past-due bill of about $800. She worked full time making minimum wage and her husband worked as a seasonal laborer. With no electricity, the family could not heat their home, access hot water, or operate appliances. LIHEAP was able to assist the family by paying their past due bill to get the electricity turned back on. She was also referred to the County’s Weatherization Program, which assists families in making their homes more energy efficient.
Katrina Metzler, Executive Director of NEUAC shares her personal LIHEAP story.
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