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HHS grants Puerto Rico $13.5M in Low Income Home Energy Assistance funding

By on October 26, 2016

SAN JUAN – The federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released $3 billion “to help low-income families stay warm during winter months, cool during summer months and make cost-effective home energy repairs,” the agency announced Wednesday.

Made available by the Office of Community Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding provides federal assistance to states, the District of Columbia, territories and tribes to assist households with paying energy bills and weatherize homes for energy improvements.

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell met in La Fortaleza in late April.

Gov. Alejandro García Padilla and U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell met in La Fortaleza in late April.

The designation of these funds is granted and administered locally by the Puerto Rico Family Department’s Socioeconomic Development of the Family Administration (Adsef by its Spanish acronym). Puerto Rico was awarded more than $13 million in this year’s allocation.

In a press release, the director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Juan Eugenio Hernández Mayoral, noted that the agency has worked with several federal agencies to increase the amount given to Puerto Rico.

“In 2013, Puerto Rico received only $4 million, and this year will receive $13,546,214, money that corresponds to the percentage of the new formula established by law,” Hernández Mayoral said.

LIHEAP funding assists households with meeting home energy needs, including vulnerable households with very young children, individuals with disabilities and older individuals, according to the ACF.

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