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New Mexico makes additional $9.2 million in utility assistance available

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Tom Joyce

(The Center Square) - The New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) recently announced it received $9.2 million in additional funding from the Low-Income Home Energy Program (LIHEAP), allowing it to provide more assistance to low-income households for their home energy bills.

Those who got utility assistance between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023, will get an additional $200. 

LIHEAP recipients do not need to do anything to get this money.

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“Recognizing the challenges posed by rising utility costs, HSD is proactively seeking ways to support low-income New Mexicans,” Kathy Slater-Huff, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department, said in a press release from HSD. “We secured this additional help to ease the stress and financial strain of increased utility expenses — we are committed to providing this essential support for the well-being and stability of our communities.” 

LIHEAP provides financial support to people and families for costs associated with the following, according to the release:

  • Heating and Cooling Energy Costs: LIHEAP helps cover the cost of energy bills, to ensure homes are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 
  • Energy Crisis Assistance: In emergency situations, such as a utility shutoff, LIHEAP can offer immediate support to prevent disconnection or help reconnect services. 
  • Weatherization and Energy-Related Minor Home Repairs: The program may also assist in improving a home’s energy efficiency through upgrades or repairs, ultimately reducing the energy bills. 

Those who qualify for the LIHEAP program can find out if they do by visiting

The LIHEAP program has been susceptible to fraud over the years. In 2010, the state's Government Accountability Office found that 5% to 9% of the payments made from the program were based on fraud. However, there has not been an audit of the program since 2010.