WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLOX) - Mississippi has been awarded $6.24 million in contingency funding to help eligible low-income households afford winter heating costs.
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced Wednesday that the money is being released through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The $6.24 million award to Mississippi is part of the $490 million in LIHEAP contingency funding being distributed to all 50 states.
"Many low-income seniors and families may have a hard time paying their energy bills, and this winter has been an additional challenge for them. LIHEAP is designed to help eligible families manage those home heating costs," said Cochran.
Last year, almost 39,000 Mississippi households received heating assistance, with benefits per recipient averaging $450, according to the HHS Administration for Children and Families. More than 28,000 additional households received aid during the summer months for home cooling.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services' Community Services Division administers LIHEAP for the state. Information about LIHEAP eligibility is available here or by contacting the state LIHEAP Office in Jackson at 1-800-421-0762.
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