U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday announced the award to the State of West Virginia of $26 million in Federal funding through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families keep warm and safe this winter.
"Last winter's polar vortex brought extremely dangerous weather conditions. I am a long-time proponent of LIHEAP and have worked to prevent cuts in this program -- which, in far too many instances, is truly a matter of life or death. LIHEAP is needed to keep our most vulnerable citizens from the untenable position of having to choose between food and medicine and keeping the heat on," said Rahall.
LIHEAP funding is provided by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. States may use LIHEAP funds to help low-income households pay for heating and cooling costs, as well as crisis and weatherization assistance and services to reduce the need for energy assistance.
"LIHEAP has proven to be a valuable program, but I am also pushing this Administration, the EPA, and the Department of Energy to see reason when it comes to our energy policies. We need to ensure that our citizens have reliable, affordable electricity and that means we must, must respect coal's critical role in America's energy sector," said Rahall.