February 8, 2017
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.
- 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.