LIHEAP Helps College Students Keep the Lights On

CLAUDIA SALVATO / THE TEMPLE NEWS

CLAUDIA SALVATO / THE TEMPLE NEWS

LIHEAP Helps College Students Keep the Lights On While Hitting the Books

Writing and Reporting by Jake Brown

As part of a routine student government debate happening on the campus of Temple University, a spotlight turned toward an infrequently discussed demographic of LIHEAP: college students. Many students have increasingly been relying on the program in recent years as they struggle to finish their degrees. Trends like low-paying part-time jobs and low-income housing as backdrops to the struggling college student journey is nothing new, but the trend of university and college students applying for LIHEAP is on the uptick in recent years.

The Temple University Student Government focused a specific spotlight during their spring board election on “Food and Housing Insecurity.” Along with progressive steps like appointing a Student Director focused on Food and Housing Insecurity, according to The Temple News, “Alex Rosenberg, RiseTU’s vice presidential candidate of external affairs said he wants to educate students about their eligibility for two federal aid programs: the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”

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