Economic Policy

Ensuring Energy for Low-Income Households of Color

Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Ensuring Energy for Low-Income Households of Color.

Click here to read the 9-page brief.

Key points:

  • Many low-income Americans are forced to choose between energy and basic needs like food and medicine.
  • Black, Latino, and Native American households are disproportionately affected.
  • Recently, Congress has underfunded LIHEAP—energy assistance for low-income Americans. Only 20 percent of the households eligible for LIHEAP actually receive energy assistance.
  • Most LIHEAP households have a vulnerable member who is elderly, disabled, or a child age five or younger.

You can read coverage of the brief in Rapid City Journal, and Tribal Tribune.


About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.