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Ohio: LIHEAP Local Profile






By Jake Brown Ohio has always been one of the Northern Midwest’s coldest states weather-wise, coupled with being one of the region’s hardest-hit in the Great Recession of the past few years.  With the Plain Dealer’s report last month that “President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget…

LIHEAP in the News: February 2011






By Jake Brown While millions of families weathered blinding snow storms throughout the Northeast and Midwest, their Congressional Representatives back in Washington were fighting through the blizzard of panic that hit the Hill with the National Journal’s breaking of the shocking news that President Obama’s…

February 2011 Congressional Profiles






By Jake Brown February Congressional Profiles In Massachusetts, the old and new guard of the US Senate were united in their fervent support for rescuing LIHEAP from the chopping block, with Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry  “I’ve always supported serious efforts to restore fiscal sanity,…

LIHEAP in the News: January 2011






Though LIHEAP advocates and beneficiaries around the country kicked off February with the relieving news that the 2011 LIHEAP appropriation had been restored through March to its 2011 level of $5.1 billion, the announcement was blunted by Congressional plans for deep across-the-board budget cuts to…

January 2011 Congressional Profiles






In the face of skyrocketing heating fuel prices, prolonged unemployment, and frigid winter temperatures, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a longtime LIHEAP advocate, announced the release of $116 million in winter home heating assistance. “With one of the worst winters in recent memory, and as…

New Jersey: LIHEAP Local Profile no. 2






New Jersey experienced record-setting snowfalls during the winter and spring of 2010, and is on a course for similar weather in 2011. Low temperatures and high snow accumulation will prove life threatening to residents of the state. According to Congressman Frank Pallone, “We’ve had a…

New Jersey: LIHEAP Local Profile






New Jersey experienced record-setting snowfalls during the winter and spring of 2010, and is on a course for similar weather in 2011. Low temperatures and high snow accumulation will prove life threatening to residents of the state. According to Congressman Frank Pallone, “We’ve had a…

LIHEAP in the News: December 2010






December started off with a positive headline on the LIHEAP front page, beginning with CNBC’s report that HHS would be making upward of $670 million in emergency contingency funding available to states in need throughout the country (over and above the roughly $2 Billion made…

Minnesota: LIHEAP Local Profile






Minnesota has always been known for its traditionally-frigid winters, and to that end, operates an almost year-round LIHEAP assistance program, with the Minnesota Department of Commerce reporting that almost 160,000 Minnesotan Households had received LIHEAP assistance already in 2010, capped with an early December announcement…

New England Congressional Profiles






Massachussetts Congressional Representative Edward J Markey lead the LIHEAP charge for the month of December, strongly and vocally urging Congress to approve full LIHEAP funding levels for 2011, commenting in a letter he sent co-signed by 62 colleagues, that “during these tough economic times, record…

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