WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken announced the Administration released an additional $9 million in critical heating assistance for Minnesota seniors and families. After a push from the Senators to quickly release as much heating aid as possible, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released over $100 million in assistance for Minnesota. In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in demand for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which Minnesota seniors and families rely on to help keep their heat on during the winter months.
“As cold weather continues to bear down on our state, some Minnesota families are struggling to heating their homes,” Klobuchar said. “That is why I have consistently pushed for additional heating assistance, and this new funding will help thousands of Minnesotans keep their homes warm and their families safe.”
“Last winter’s record-low temperatures reminded us just how important home heating assistance is to Minnesota families and seniors,” Franken said. “This critical LIHEAP funding will ease the burden for many Minnesotans who need help to heat their homes, without forcing them to sacrifice things like food or prescription medicine.”
Since taking office Klobuchar and Franken have successfully fought to ensure that tens of millions of dollars in emergency LIHEAP funding have been available to Minnesota families and seniors. During a propane shortage last winter, the senators secured an additional $16 million in extra heating resources for Minnesota households.