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Colorado Has Received More than $87 Million in Historic LIHEAP Funding from the Infrastructure Law, and federal funding bills.

On Friday, Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper announced that Colorado will receive nearly $23.5 million in additional funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Colorado families cover home energy costs.

This is in addition to the $64 million in LIHEAP received in November, bringing the total funding for Colorado to $87.5 million over the last year. Bennet and Hickenlooper have supported historic investments in LIHEAP in the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and federal funding bills.

“Being able to keep your family warm in the winter shouldn’t be a luxury,” said Hickenlooper. “This program will lower energy bills and keep working families safe.”

For those unfamiliar with the program, the federal LIHEAP funding is a crucial lifeline that helps low-income households and seniors on fixed incomes pay their energy bills and stay safe during the winter. In Colorado, approximately 77,500 low-income households received assistance with heating and cooling costs through LIHEAP last season.

Applications are accepted from November through April each year. For Coloradans interested in applying for LIHEAP assistance more information is available HERE.

“No family should need to worry about how they’re going to heat or cool their home,” said Bennet. “This funding will help thousands of Coloradans avoid impossible decisions between keeping their families warm and putting food on the table.”

By assisting households with energy costs including home energy bills, minor energy-related home repairs, and weatherization costs to make homes more energy efficient, this LIHEAP funding will continue to keep Colorado families safe and healthy.

Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on income, family size, and the availability of resources. Senior citizens and those receiving Social Security Disability or SSI benefits are encouraged to apply as early as possible, but applications will be open to everyone through April 30, 2023, or until the funding is exhausted.

Bennet has continuously advocated for assistance to meet the needs of low-income families and seniors to help cover energy costs as energy prices rise worldwide and over the winter season. In October,  he urged the Biden Administration to release LIHEAP funds as swiftly as and at the highest level possible. In December 2021, Bennet joined colleagues in requesting information regarding the Biden Administration’s implementation of LIHEAP.