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If you need help finding local energy assistance resources, call the National Energy Assistance Referral hotline toll-free at 1-866-674-6327 or email (TTY 1-866-367-6228)

The NEAR hotline is maintained by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. It is not affiliated with the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance.


LIHEAP Blog/News Updates

February 2016 LIHEAP News Wrap-Up

Reporting by Jake Brown   As winter wore on throughout the traditionally-frigid Northeast, Massachusetts found itself as busy as ever processing calls for heating assistance, funneled through the frontline of connecting households with help, invaluable community action agencies like the Worcester Community Action Council’s Fuel…

LIHEAP: Saving Lives Across the Hawkeye State

Writing and Reporting by Jake Brown   “For some, admitting a need for help with finances isn’t easy. Admitting there are not sufficient household funds to pay for basic expenses, such as winter heating costs, takes humility,” the Newton Daily News shared of the hard…

Statement on President’s Budget Request for LIHEAP Funding: Dedicated LIHEAP funding sees technical cut; possible situational funding yields increase

Earlier today the President and his Administration submitted a FY2017 budget request recommending $3.0 billion for the core Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is a cut of nearly $400 million from last year’s core program amount and a funding level well below the…

January 2016 News Round Up

Writing and Reporting by Jake Brown   “It’s not hyperbole to say this is a matter of life and death,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy cautioned the press following him on a visit to spotlight a local Community Action Agency at work keeping Connecticut residents from freezing…

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