44,000 additional New Mexico households to receive critical aid in managing home heating and cooling costs
State Press Release – From the New Mexico Human Services Department
SANTA FE – The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) announced today that they have received $9.2 million in additional funding from the Low-Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP), the program assists low-income households with their home energy bills. Households that received utility assistance from October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023, will be paid an additional $200. LIHEAP Customers will not need to fill out an application for this benefit.
“Recognizing the challenges posed by rising utility costs, HSD is proactively seeking ways to support low-income New Mexicans,” said Kathy Slater-Huff, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department. “We secured this additional help to ease the stress and financial strain of increased utility expenses — we are committed to providing this essential support for the well-being and stability of our communities.”
Find out if you qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at https://liheapch.acf.hhs.gov/search-tool/
New Mexicans can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at https://www.yes.state.nm.us/yesnm/home/index
For questions about utility assistance, call HSD at 1-800-283-4465 or visit https://www.yes.state.nm.us/.
Frequently asked questions:
Will my other income support benefits be impacted?
These additional payments will NOT be considered in determining your eligibility for any program administered by the Human Services Department. This includes food, cash, energy, or medical assistance.
How do I know if I qualify?
Customers will not need to fill out an application for this benefit. LIHEAP supplemental benefits will be distributed to HSD customers who were approved for LIHEAP between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.
About The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) LIHEAP is a federal program designed to assist low-income households with their home energy bills. LIHEAP aims to keep families safe and healthy by providing financial support to manage costs associated with:
- Heating and Cooling Energy Costs: LIHEAP helps cover the cost of energy bills, to ensure homes are warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Energy Crisis Assistance: In emergency situations, such as a utility shutoff, LIHEAP can offer immediate support to prevent disconnection or help reconnect services.
- Weatherization and Energy-Related Minor Home Repairs: The program may also assist in improving a home’s energy efficiency through upgrades or repairs, ultimately reducing the energy bills.