WASHINGTON, D.C.—Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) announced last week that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will increase the allocation to the territories for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for fiscal year 2014 from 0.135 percent to 0.50 percent. This increase is a result of a request made by Bordallo and Delegates Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands), Eni Faleomavaega (American Samoa), and Kilili Sablan (CNMI), and Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico). HHS will increase the set-aside available to the territories to the maximum allowed under federal law. This will more than triple the amount Guam and the other territories will receive through this program.
“I appreciate that Secretary Sebelius has used her statutory discretion to allocate LIHEAP funds to the territories in a way that more accurately reflect our needs,” said Bordallo. “Energy costs are disproportionately high in the territories. …The increased set-aside for the territories will go a long way to ensuring that more families in need of assistance will be able to benefit from this program.” (PR)