Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump Admin plans cuts to program that helps with home heating

LIHEAP. It stands for "low income home energy assistance program". It's hard for me to believe that the new administration actually thinks its ok to cut this program. I mean, where are their brains? 6 Million people get heating assistance from LIHEAP which the Trump administration plans to cut.

Before I became a disability claims examiner, I was a case worker for two separate departments of social services. LIHEAP (oddly, pronounced lee-app) was a program that helped people who couldn't afford to pay their hearing bill (perhaps they had had a medical emergency, or some giant bill had come their way, or they had become unemployed due, or become disabled and unable to work) to pay that bill. It was a one-time assistance thing. So, a person only got help once during the winter. That's hardly a govt handout program. It was really just compassionate assistance and the sort of thing we should expect from our government and the, frankly, idiots we send to high office. It was a program that helped many people avoid freezing and most likely saved lives. And they want to cut this program.

"Among the many federal programs slated for elimination in Donald Trump's budget is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP), a Health and Human Services Department initiative that provides close to 6 million low-income households with help for their heating and cooling bills."

Here's the article: Trump cuts to LIHEAP.

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