Take Action to Restore LIHEAP Funding to $5.1 Billion
LIHEAP Advocacy Resources
Generate letters to both of your Senators and your member of the House of Representative
Have you made your voice heard in support of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program?
Have you let your Congressional delegation know how important it is to provide at least $5.1 billion in funding for LIHEAP for FY 2011?
If you have not, please take a few minutes to visit the Support LIHEAP website and send letters to Congress supporting this vital program. The site is easy to use and with just a few keystrokes you can generate letters to both of your Senators and your US House of Representatives. Please let Congress know of LIHEAP's importance. Please share this site as widely as possible.
Organize a local press conference to support LIHEAP funding
View videos of model press conferences on LIHEAP funding (approximately 10 minutes each)
- Southern California Gas Company press conference, Los Angeles, May 20, 2010
- NFFN/CEDA press conference, Chicago, December 2, 2010
- Operation Fuel press conference, Hartford, August 2, 2011
Use LIHEAP advocacy resources developed by advocates who are allies of the National Fuel Funds Network
Access a compendium of resource material complied by American Gas Association http://www.aga.org/our-issues/liheap/Pages/default.aspx#letsupi including all major communications from advocates to Congress and Congressional letters during 2011.
Find many useful advocacy resources at the Campaign for Home Energy Assistance website, http://liheap.org/. The site’s State Advocacy Center features state-by-state profiles of LIHEAP’s impact.
View much useful data and many useful reports on LIHEAP funding at www.neada.org, the website of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. Find the link to the Faces of LIHEAP youtube channel.
Compare ‘“affordable’ home energy bills and ‘actual’ home energy bills” on a state-by-state basis at the Home Energy Affordability Gap website, developed by Fisher Sheehan and Colton. The site is at http://www.homeenergyaffordabilitygap.com/index.html.
Advocating for LIHEAP since 1984
Since its founding in 1984, the National Fuel Funds Network has been a vociferous advocate for increased LIHEAP funding. The Network engages members and other organizations in what have become yearly struggles to maintain barely adequate funding for LIHEAP.
The centerpiece of the Network’s advocacy for increased LIHEAP funding is NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day. Early in the year, teams of NFFN nonprofit and utility members from acress the country assemble in Washington and blanket Capitol Hill in, speaking in one voice for increased LIHEAP funding. In 2010 and 2011, the Network collaborated with Edison Electric Institute and American Gas Association for a successful Summer LIHEAP Action Day. In 20l2, NFFN will continue the program. NFFN's LIHEAP Action Day 2012 will be Wednesday, February 15. Summer LIHEAP Action Day will be in late July or early August. See above for details and registration information.
The National Fuel Fund Network’s advocacy program also features:
- regular ACTION ALERTs and UPDATES on LIHEAP funding to members and other interested parties.
- testimony and representation on Capitol Hill on behalf of NFFN members.
- training on effective LIHEAP advocacy at the Network’s National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference.
- Invitations to regularly scheduled national conference calls on LIHEAP funding.
- provision of “LIHEAP Saves Lives” bookmarks, a short “how-to” on LIHEAP advocacy to members. To request, state the number needed and email email@example.com.
- production and distribution of fact sheets on legislative issues as the need arises.
- Regular coverage of LIHEAP legislative affairs on NFFN’s Facebook page.
In its advocacy program, NFFN shares information and works closely with a network of other LIHEAP advocates from the nonprofit, utility, fuel oil and government sectors. For instance:
- The Campaign for Home Energy Assistance publishes advocacy information at www.liheap.org.
- The National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association is a regular source of detailed information on LIHEAP funding and policy implications. Visit www.neada.org.