The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected HSD as a recipient of supplemental funds to support the LIHEAP program
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected HSD to receive additional grant funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which currently provides utility assistance to 20,957 lower-income households across the state.
HSD is receiving $5.6 million in additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of its initiative to distribute $1 billion in supplemental LIHEAP funding throughout the country.
“We are grateful to our federal partners for their continued support to lower-income New Mexicans by providing additional funds to HSD and tribal communities across the state.” said Kari Armijo, Interim Acting Secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department.
LIHEAP assists eligible lower-income individuals and families with their heating and cooling costs. LIHEAP also contracts with the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority to assist individuals with weatherization costs to include weather stripping, windows, furnaces, water heaters, cooking stoves, caulking and insulation.
No additional application is required from LIHEAP customers, this additional funding will be distributed to customers as a supplement.
The following tribal communities are also receiving funding:
- Jicarilla Apache Tribe
- Pueblo of Jemez
- Pueblo of Laguna
- Pueblo of Nambé
- Pueblo of Zuni
About the New Mexico Human Services Department
We talk, interpret and smile in all languages. We provide written information to our customers in both English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 languages through our provider, CTS Language Link. For our hearing, and speech impaired customers, we utilize Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service that ensures equal communication access via the telephone to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled.
The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,077,502 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.