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.
Energy economist Mark Wolfe has been on the cutting edge of LIHEAP data collection and analysis. He has appeared on national media outlets like CSPAN, CNN, the Washington Post, NPR, etc. and in multiple testimonials before Congress in his role as founder/ Executive Director of the National Energy Assistance Directors Association (NEADA).
As the cold weather continues to extend itself, so too do deadlines around the country for LIHEAP Emergency Assistance applications from families desperate to keep the heat on during the frigid winter storms around the country, from rural households snowed in from the storms with power lines down in regions like Upstate New York, where the Daily Gazette reported in late February that the state would make another $15 million in energy assistance available to approximately 35,000 families.