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.
Our VOICES OF LIHEAP series continues with a spotlight on Maudwella Kirkendoll, Chief Operating Officer of Wisconsin-based Community Advocates, one of the primary partners in the Milwaukee County Energy Assistance Program. Kirkendoll’s work on the front lines of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable families offers a personal perspective on just how critical difference energy assistance makes in their daily lives.
In the third installment of our VOICES OF LIHEAP Blog series, LIHEAP.org brings a different perspective, again courtesy of the Central Coast Energy Services as part of their LIHEAP HELPS CALIFORNIA campaign, this time from a manager of a low-income affordable housing property, illustrating the importance of this program to her community year-round.
LIHEAP.org continues our VOICES OF LIHEAP series, we next share the moving story of a California Senior with a story that brings front-and-center the heat-or-eat choice so many LIHEAP recipients rely on year in and out. Provided once again by Central Coast Energy Services as part of their LIHEAP HELPS CALIFORNIA campaign, yet another poignant example of the quality-of-life and health difference this program makes in the lives of so many millions like her year in and out: Paula Yarr.