COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD)- South Carolina has received a record $80.2 million dollars in home energy assistance funding due to the passage of the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to help families struggling with the cost of home heating and the total of $80.2 million is the highest amount South Carolina has received in LIHEAP.
The Administration reported that in addition to the annual appropriation of $45.1 million, the state received an additional $35.1 million from the American Rescue Plan, nearly double the state’s typical annual funding.
“This funding is further evidence that the Biden-Harris Administration and Democrats in Congress have been working hard to provide relief for families by helping lower everyday costs,” Congressman Jim Clyburn said. “As temperatures continue to drop, it is essential that individuals all across this state have the ability to keep themselves and their families warm.”
Nationally, the American Rescue Plan more than doubled LIHEAP funding, delivering roughly $8 billion dollars to states to assist home energy relief— the largest appropriation in a single year since the program began in 1981.
In addition, the American Rescue Plan provided an additional $25.1 billion in funding to the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) which is can be used to help renters with past-due utility bills or to provide ongoing assistance with energy costs to avoid shut-offs.
Individuals seeking assistance should contact the South Carolina Department of Economic Opportunity to learn how to apply.