Program staff analyzed caseload and fiscal data for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for FY 2007. OCS provided block grant funds to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations, and U.S. Insular Areas. The funds assist low income households primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs, especially those households with very young children, individuals with disabilities, and/or frail older individuals.
In FY 2007, 5.3 million households received help with heating costs (the largest LIHEAP component) compared to 5.5 million households in FY 2006. These households represented 16 percent of all households with incomes under the Federal LIHEAP income eligibility cutoff. Households that received heating assistance were among the poorer households (median household poverty level of 80 percent) within the LIHEAP income eligible population (median household poverty level of 121 percent). About 32 percent of the heating assistance households had at least one member 60 years or older, compared to 40 percent of all low income households that had at least one member 60 years or older. About 31 percent of the heating-assisted households had at least one member with a disability slightly higher than the 26 percent of all low income households that had at least one disabled member. Twenty-two percent of both the heating-assistance households and all low income households had at least one child 5 years or younger.
Report Title: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Report to Congress for FY 2007 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/publications/liheap07rc.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OCS, Office of Community Services
Federal Contact: Leon Litow, 202-401-5304
Performer: Office of Community Services, (OCS), ACF
Record ID: 9727 (Report issued August 2, 2010)