Long conceptual bedfellows and literal lifesavers, the reliability and proven results of an energy assistance program that utilizes both a short term – LIHEAP – and longer term – Weatherization Assistance (WAP) – solution plan on any single dwelling or broader community, say in the instance of an apartment community where all units are involved, have proven time and again to be a powerful combination with permanent relief for affected households.
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.
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.