NV receives $11.8 million for energy assistance

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada has received $11.8 million from the federal government to help low-income families pay for energy costs.

Department of Health and Human Services Director Mike Willden says the grant will ensure all eligible applicants can receive assistance and increase the amount available for each household.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is funded by the state and federal government.

The average annual benefit for Nevada households is expected to increase from $732 to $1,024. To be eligible, a family income must be below 150 percent of poverty, equating to $2,650 per month for a family of four.

Last year $17.8 million in assistance was provided to nearly 21,000 households. Willden says his office expects issue $24 million to $26 million this fiscal year to assist more than 25,000 households.


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