energy assistance & climate Change
Climate change is affecting individuals, families, and communities in ways that are unexpected. This summer was an experience of what can happen in the years to come. Unless people can stop and evaluate their lifestyles to figure out how they can lessen their carbon footprint. That seems to be one of the biggest challenges is admitting that we have habits as humans that we don’t want to change.
This summer 2012, In Oklahoma I read online and heard on the radio about the Department of Human Services helping people with their energy bills. The temperature was so overwhelming families didn’t realize how much it was costing them to stay cool. Most people would rather crank up their air conditioning instead of trying alternatives to the heat, especially those families with young children and elderly people in the home.
I am all for the government helping those families and individuals that struggle to make a dollar stretch, but i also feel like that can only fuel the fire. It doesn’t solve the problem in the long run but short term yes, it saves families and individuals that are struggling.
“Energy crisis assistance applications are usually taken for 2 weeks starting the first Monday on or following March 15. Summer cooling assistance applications are usually taken for 2 weeks starting between July 15 and August 1. ” (1)
Four of the main considerations used in determining eligibility for heating assistance are:
- The number of people in your household;
- Verification that you pay your heating expense (provide a current heating bill);
- Your household income does not exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines; and
- The household’s liquid (cash) resources do not exceed $2,000 for 1 person; $3,000 for 2 persons — add $50 for each additional person in the household