LIHEAP helping families stay warm

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

More homes will stay warmer as the temperatures continue to drop.

President Obama recently gave more funding to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The snow and ice across Kentucky prompted the President to add $7.6 million to the $12 million budgeted for the program.

Lida Davidson and Maggie Johnson live in southeast Perry County. So far this winter, both have turned up the heat in their homes more than in the past.

"I'd say I fill my kerosene twice in the day, and twice at night. It takes a lot," Johnson said.

"I heat with coal and it doesn't last long," Davidson said.

Johnson and Davidson receive assistance from LIHEAP, and had to drive to Hazard to get help. Both women said the weather has been so bad, that it was hard just to get on the road.

"It's been really bad. Right now, we can't get in and out of where we live," Davidson said.

Officials from LKLP picked them up from their homes, and brought them to pick up certificates.

"They help us. Couldn't do it without them," Davidson said.

"If not for help, could not have stayed warm this winter," Johnson said.

Johnson and Davidson are among the almost 2,000 families who receive assistance from LIHEAP through LKLP. Assistance was offered to many community action agencies throughout the state.

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