Tuesday, February 3, 2009

When The Lights Go Off!

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program set up to assist low income families with their energy bills in this tough economy. Most people in Florida apparently aren't familiar with the program since only 20 percent of the people eligible get help from the program. The Miami Herald reports on many low income families in the Miami area failing to pay electric bills and being faced with having to pay large deposits or placing payments on auto pay in order to have their service restored by the Florida Power & Light Co.

Hopefully residents in need will utilize the programs that are available for assistance. Living a week without power as Tyletha Wright did with her 3 children is a tough, and apparently unnecessary situation.

1 comment:

MacDaddy said...

President should the oil companies who have been raking in phenomenal profits (one, I recalled, made 47 billion last year) to contribute a minimum of 2 billion to this energy assistance program so those beautiful babies in the picture and others like them can stay warm.