Written on: December 8, 2021 by ICM
The National Energy & Fuels Institute (NEFI) announced Congress has allocated an unprecedented $8.5 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to States through September 2022. This is more than double the average annual funding level. In addition to a range of budgeting and price protection options, many liquid heating fuel dealers are offering discounted fuel deliveries and equipment services through their State’s LIHEAP.
This funding by Congress was partly based on fuel dealer and customer concerns about economic pressures related to COVID-19, inflation, supply chain issues, and other factors, as well as how the industry delivers relief to vulnerable communities and families in need.
NEFI encourages fuel dealers to participate in their State’s LIHEAP program this winter, provide fuel delivery and equipment services to LIHEAP-approved households, and direct families in need to the State or local agency that administers their fuel assistance program.
NEFI has launched a Heating Assistance resources page, where you can find phone numbers and other contact information for these agencies. Visit: https://nefi.com/heating-assistance
“As the only national member-based trade association dedicated exclusively to the liquid heating fuel industry, NEFI is proud to work with the administration and our colleagues across the industry to ensure all resources are brought to bear to support American families this winter, particularly those experiencing the greatest need,” said NEFI President & CEO Sean Cota. “Our Main Street family businesses care deeply about their customers and local communities and remain committed to ensure that no one is ‘left out in the cold.'”