State Receives $38.2 Million in Supplemental Energy Funding
TDHCA is putting the final touches on a revised plan for allocating Program Year 2006 Low Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP) funds. The plan, which administers both the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program and Weatherization Assistance Program, reflects an additional $38.2 million in LIHEAP funds granted to Texas by Congress.
In addition, the revised plan institutes a number of broad program design changes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of both programs while providing greater latitude to cities, counties, community action agencies, and other eligible nonprofit organizations providing TDHCA's energy assistance programs at the local level in all 254 Texas counties.
The US Department of Health and Human Services in March awarded the supplemental LIHEAP award of $38.2 million to Texas' 2006 base award of $44.1 million. Combined with contingency funds totaling more than $1.5 million, this brings to $84 million the amount of funding the Department has to help low income Texans manage their energy needs.