Operation Fuel says the gap between what low-income households pay to heat their homes and what they can actually afford is widening.
That reality has led to plenty of unpaid bills for those in need.
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“A few weeks ago, a few thousand people [were] without power,” explained Acting Director of Operation Fuel Brenda Watson. “We saw a rise in donations that came in. It serves as a reminder how dire the situation is…We’re talking about patients…don’t want to bring your baby into a home without heat…can’t give your child a bath.”
As a result, there is an extensive need for emergency energy assistance, especially from working families with young children and elderly people who are living on a fixed-income.