Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 households receiving federal utility bill assistance reports using their kitchen stove to heat their homes during winter?
The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps provide energy affordability and energy efficiency to families and individuals at the lowest levels of poverty. Eighty percent report household income of less than $20,000 per year.
And that was before the pandemic.
Now the need is growing, and both LIHEAP and local grassroots fuel funds are struggling to serve the wave of newly eligible families. NEUAC provides support, training and advocacy for the professionals who provide direct assistance through LIHEAP and fuel funds. We help educate communities and policymakers about the inequities associated with utility assistance – like the fact that you are twice as likely to be disconnected from utilities if you are a person of color.
NEUAC supports the network of national energy assistance and utility providers and fights for policies that will make energy more affordable for those most in need. Support NEUAC and support energy affordability today, so no grandmother is forced to shelter in place without heat, and no person with a medical disability is forced to endure dangerously hot temperatures in their own home. Save a life, protect LIHEAP, and promote the local fuel funds that provide critical local assistance.