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.
July was reported to be Earth’s hottest month on record! Hotter temperatures translates to higher electric bills; the first thing people do in life-threatening weather like this is reach for the thermostat to turn it down.
As higher electric bills continue to eat up more of economically distressed communities’ monthly budgets, experts have begun looking beyond the bill itself to underlying issues—the energy burden facing families across the country.
Spotlighting other innovative pilot programs that had success with Solar innovations and initiatives, a vibrant atlas of collaboration has been electrified all around the country, illuminating the important connection between public and private partnerships as this exciting new technology continues to revolutionize the future of energy assistance in the short term and independence in the long run.