Heating aid running out in Kentucky
The long, cold winter heating months are far from over this winter and already, a record number of families and individuals are asking the government and gas companies for help to pay those heating bills.
The Kentucky , based in Lexington, says they have already paid double in heating bills compared to this same time last winter. More than a million dollars in assistance has been spent to help those in need of heating bill assistance.
The Community Action Council says that on average that they're spending about $150,000 a week on home heating bills. And what is scary is that they only have about half a million dollars left to help Kentucky families.
What is comes down to is simply a sign of these hard economic times. Cameron Minter, of the Community Action Council said that they are getting a lot more working class families. It's not just the poor anymore.
Minter has said that this time last year, the council actually did run out of heating bill assistance funds and grants all together. That is after spending more than $600,000 to help those in need.
This year they say that they've already paid over $1.2 million in heating assistance. He says only the council's cold hard cash grants will help keep some people warm this winter.