July 31, 2008
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that helps low-income residents avoid having energy turned off in their homes during extreme temperatures. The program still has approximately $120 million of emergency funds that were allocated for fiscal year 2008; it will likely have a large surplus when the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. Arizona officials and congressional delegates are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to redirect some of the excess to the state. Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association, joins HORIZONTE to discuss the importance of this federal money for families in need.