With Record High Energy Prices – LIHEAP Helps Pay Energy Bills

The State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services wants the public to know that there is help for those having trouble paying record high energy and even water bills.

Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week that $27 million in federal funding is available to help Montanans with heating bills this winter and to weatherize more homes.

Sara Loewen, Energy and Community Services Bureau Chief with DPHHS described the program known by the acronym LIHEAP, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

“The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, can help pay a part of the winter energy bills and may be able to assist with furnace emergencies for eligible households,” said Loewen. “Eligibility for assistance is based on your income and resource limits. So, for example, for a family of three, the upper income limit is $44,000 a year. Both homeowners and renters may apply for these programs.”

Loewen said the DPHHS has been allowed to tap into funds from the ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act)

“We are also lucky to have additional funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will allow more households to get the help they need,” she said. “This additional assistance could not have come at

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