Heating Help Running Out

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

The winter heating months are far from over and already, a record number of people are asking for help to pay those bills.

The Community Action Council in Lexington says they've already paid double in heating bills compared to this time last year. More than a million dollars in aid has been spent.

The Community Action Council says on average, they're spending about $150,000 a week on heating bills. They say they only have about half a million dollars left to help.

Now, leaders there say its simply a sign of these hard economic times.

"We're getting a lot more working class. It's not just the poor anymore," explains Cameron Minter, of the Council.

He says this time last year, the council ran out of heating assistance money all together. That is after spending more than $600,000.

This year Minter says they've already paid $1.1 million in heating assistance. He says only the council's cold hard cash will keep some people warm.


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  • by Ray Location: Hampton on Feb 22, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    Just wait until Zero's "green" initiatives kick in. You ain't seen nothing yet! Assume the position, citizen!
  • by lois mays Location: EASTIL.CO on Feb 21, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    IM JUST GET SSI ONE A MOUTH I NEED HELP TO WERE DO I GO GET HELP AT
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM
    How come none of these high paid ball players living in 50 room mansions worries about their electricity bills?
  • by ginny Location: lexington on Feb 21, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Thank you Community Action for all you do to help those in need in our community. The Georgetown location personal are always helpful. It's appreciated by those trying to help our clients in the community.
  • by Amy Location: Somserset on Feb 20, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I know my heating bill has doubled from this time last year? I can freeze in my house and it drops it only 10 or 15 dollars. I don't ask for help, but whats going on to cause the rise in our electricity bills???

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