LIHEAP's 40th Anniversary

LIHEAP's 40th Anniversary - It’s time to celebrate!

LIHEAP turns 40!  Congress created LIHEAP—the federal home energy assistance program—on August 13, 1981.  While the federal government provided energy assistance before then, 1981 became the turning point for the program becoming a block grant through which funding is awarded to the governments of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and approximately 150 tribes and tribal organizations.  As a block grant, LIHEAP gives these grantees expansive flexibility to address their community’s needs, based on the community’s specific climate factors and home energy costs.  LIHEAP serves millions of households each year, but LIHEAP assistance is particularly important for people who are most negatively impacted by unhealthy indoor air and temperatures such as seniors, young children, and the disabled.


Join us in the celebration through reading and watching our virtual commemorations below—and make sure to join in the online conversation at:  #LIHEAP40     

Families and individuals in need of energy assistance can contact their state or tribe, a local application intake team Visit disclaimer page , or call the National Energy Assistance Referral (NEAR) hotline at 1-866-674-6327 for support with home heating and cooling bills.

Congratulations, LIHEAP, on 40 years of helping children, families, and others stay healthy and safe in their homes!