LIHEAP serves more than 2,000 Cherokee Nation households each year. Cherokee Family Assistance Manager Janet Ward commented, “There are families, especially when you talk about the elderly and disabled people who are on a fixed income, if they did not have LIHEAP to help them then they would have to be making the choice between whether to stay warm or cool, or food, or a lot of times to pay their medical expenses.”
With the heat beating down around the country from coast-to-coast, the summer kept PLENTY of people in movie theatres and anywhere else they could stay cool as the temperatures burned on and on through September and into early October. With local governments, community action agencies and related charities and non-profits shifting into overdrive to keep pace with crisis assistance throughout August and September, the pressure was felt nationwide.
Many individuals live with the perpetual “down to the wire” pressure that comes with the struggle between keeping their lights and utilities on and also paying for other household bills. That sense of anxiety was amplified in a late-August feature from the Daily Energy Insider: “Campaign to Save LIHEAP Comes Down to the Wire.”