U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced Washington state will receive more than $6.49 million in federal funds to bring down heating and cooling costs for working families. These investments, secured through last month’s bipartisan government funding legislation Larsen supported, will help lower Washingtonians’ energy bills, provide crisis assistance and protect homes from extreme weather.
“As working families in the Second District grapple with rising energy prices, I am working to lower costs and ensure homes remain safe and comfortable,” said Larsen. “Thanks to the bipartisan omnibus spending bill, this fourth round of federal energy assistance will help families pay energy bills, bring down costs and protect homes.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers this funding under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). These investments are critical for low-income households and communities of color who are often more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
Second District residents can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance at the following agencies:
Opportunity Council - serves Whatcom, Island, and San Juan County
San Juan County: LIHEAP is currently available. Please contact your nearest resource center for more information. For a detailed update for programs available in our tri-county area, view Energy Scheduling Updates & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The Opportunity Council offers bill assistance to eligible households for their home heating and energy bills. Households must be income eligible to receive assistance. Depending on the time of year, we may help with the electricity, natural gas, propane, heating oil, and wood bills.
This funding is the fourth round of LIHEAP assistance over the past year. Since May 2021, Larsen has secured more than $151.18 million in energy assistance for households across Washington state, including more than $86.2 million from the American Rescue Plan and more than $1.05 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.