Energy sources without regulation are subject to fluctuation. Unregulated propane is no exception. As a result, propane prices may rise or fall significantly at any time of the year. Historically, propane prices tend to spike during the winter heating season as the supply and demand may change depending on weather and many other non-weather reasons.
Many lower income families find it difficult, if not impossible, to pay for their household energy costs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a division that provides financial assistance for lower income families that qualify for assistance.
The name of the program is Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The purpose of this program is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.
LIHEAP is structured to assist with Block Grants, a Leveraging Incentive Program, Residential Energy Assistance Challenge Program (REACH), and Contingency Funds controlled by the President.
The LIHEAP Program is designed to provide help based on income criteria factoring in the poverty level of states and the State median income. The program assists consumers in all fifty States, the District of Columbia , five territories, and about 140 Tribes and Tribal organizations receive LIHEAP grants each year. State and federally recognized Tribes (including Alaska native villages) may apply for direct LIHEAP funding.
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