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Trump Proposing an End to Heating Assistance

President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for eliminating a program that annually helps thousands of residents in southcentral Kentucky pay their heating bills. Trump’s proposal calls for ending the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. So far this winter, more than 4,000 families have gotten a little more than $1 million in aid though the program in the 10-county region. Community Action administers this program in south central Kentucky in partnership with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Trump also proposed eliminating the program last year but released most of the LIHEAP funds under pressure from Congress. This year’s recently released budget proposal, however, also calls for the end of the program, with the administration claiming it’s rife with fraud and that no one would suffer if the program goes away, according to The Associated Press. Even with a mild winter last year, 929 households got LIHEAP subsidies in Warren County and 4,329 families received aid across the region. Even nationally, the program helps around 6 million households per year. These numbers show how needed this program is for low-income families.

Community Action's energy assistance, or LIHEAP, program provides the aid in the event of a crisis situation where people are in danger of imminently having their heating source shut off. Such circumstances often leave people having to decide between paying a utility bill and buying food or medicine. It also often leads to unsafe practices, such as people using ovens to heat homes. An end to this program would be devastating for the families this agency serves.

(Article text used with permission from the Bowling Green Daily News. For their original article, please click here.)

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