A boost in federal energy aid will help low-income Nebraskans in the coming year.
The federal government is sending an additional $9.7 million to the state’s usual allocation for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP.
The Biden administration recently announced the increased funding.
Funding comes from an ongoing allocation of federal dollars and the Federal Infrastructure Act. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, it amounts to about a 32% increase in the typical amount of money sent by the federal government.
Eligibility requirements include income at or below 150% of the poverty line and appropriate nationality or residency status. For example, for a family of three, the income threshold is $34,545, according to the state.
The program helps with heating and cooling, year-round crisis relief, emergency repair and replacement of furnaces, fans, and weathering.
Individuals can sign up at the ACCESSNebraska website or by calling 800-383-4278.
The program is federally funded and administered by the state. If you’re not sure if you qualify, the state encourages you to apply. There is no penalty if you are refused.