October 29, 2019

Senator Warren Statement for MASSCAP Fuel Assistance Kickoff Event

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program & Weatherization Program Help Families Stay Warm During Cold Winter Months

Senator Warren Has Also Called on HHS to Quickly Send Sufficient Funds to Communities

Text of Letter to HHS (PDF)

Saugus, MA - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today issued the following statement for the Massachusetts Association for Community Action's (MASSCAP) fuel assistance kickoff event in Saugus, Massachusetts.

"MASSCAP, Community Action Agencies, and regional nonprofits are a lifeline for Massachusetts families. Your work to provide fuel and weatherization assistance helps families stay warm, safe, and healthy in the coldest months of the year.

It's up to every leader in Massachusetts to make sure you have the tools you need to do this powerfully important work. You're on the front lines, helping families avoid having to make that painful choice between heating their homes and putting food on the table. You should always be able to count on people in public office to stand behind you 100%.

As winter approaches, I'm fighting back against proposed cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program. Last year, my colleagues in the Senate and I successfully fought to make sure these programs were fully funded, and I'm in that fight all the way again this year. I'm also calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release LIHEAP and weatherization assistance funds as quickly as possible. LIHEAP and weatherization assistance programs support 200,000 Massachusetts families-and we can't wait until temperatures drop below freezing to help them heat their homes and stay safe.

To everyone gathered there today: thank you for the work you do, day in and day out, to support families in our Commonwealth. Anything that you need-please don't hesitate to reach out to my office. It's my honor to be your partner in this fight."

Last week, Senator Warren and colleagues sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting that HHS release LIHEAP funds as quickly and at as high of a level as possible under the current continuing resolution.