For the rest of this century, Americans, particularly, low-income Americans, will be living with rising energy prices and fuel shortages. Our habits will change profoundly as we struggle to adjust; and as usual, low-income people will be the first to feel the pinch. For many, the struggle against spiraling fuel costs and winter cold will be a struggle for survival. It is the purpose of the Weatherization Program to lessen the impact of rapidly rising fuel costs on the budgets of the poor, elderly, physically challenged and near
Energy Assistance encompasses two areas, Low-Income
Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) and Weatherization,
a program designed to aid low-income families by reducing
home energy costs. Weatherization work is done on the
homes of qualified, low-income families. It includes
insulating attics, weather-stripping, repairing and replacing
heating systems, caulking, installing storm windows and
making other minor repairs. These improvements are
engineered to increase energy efficiency, thereby reducing
the energy needed to heat and cool homes.
LIHEAP is designed to assist low income households pay
for part of their winter energy costs. LlHEAP provides a one-time annual benefit to the households to be used for energy bills. The amount of the payment is determined by income, size of the family, fuel type and geographic location. This payment may be made in the form of a credit on the client's bill, or in some instances as direct assistance to help them reconnect to the energy provider.