One local agency plans on spending more than one million dollars this winter to help low income families heat their homes.
Cold weather means coal burning furnaces and a seat indoors for people like Laura Edwards who sometimes need a helping hand to guard against wintry weather.
"They're helping me stay warm is what I guess it would be. If it wasn't like programs like this, I guess I'd be in a hard place," Edwards said.
The program helping her and thousands of others across the region is called LI-HEAP standing for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It's federally funded through local community action agency groups to make sure those who need it, stay warm, whether that means coal, kerosene, electric or natural gas.
"On that fixed income, it's not nearly enough to pay all the necessities of life as far as food, shelter, clothing, everything," said Rick Baker with LKLP.
"If I didn't have help, I guess I'd do without," Edwards said.
But this winter, Laura and others who need it won't do without. They're staying warm with a little help, from their friends.
For more information on LI-HEAP, you can call the community action agency in your county at the numbers provided below.
Middle Kentucky River Area Development Council
Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe
(Breathitt) 606-666-5902, (Lee) 606-464-2259, (Owsley) 606-593-5103, and (Wolfe) 606-668-3549
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency
McCreary, and Pulaski
LKLP Community Action Council
Leslie, Knott, Letcher, and Perry
Daniel Boone Development Council
Clay, Jackson, and Laurel
Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency
Bell, and Whitley
Big Sandy Community Action Partnership
Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike
Harlan County Community Action Agency