Lee County will be voting on a motion to grant an additional $63,825 to benefit the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP.
LIHEAP is a program that offers to help low income families with their energy costs (i.e. home energy bills, energy crises, energy-related minor home repairs). These families fall 150% below the poverty line. The hope is that this will keep families stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer months .
Currently Lee County is helping about 5,000 households through the program, says Kim Hustad. She’s the Program Director of Family Self-Sufficiency at Lee County Human and Veteran Services.
With additional funding, the county will be able to help 255 more households.
Kim said one of the priority groups are the elderly.
“The elderly will rather cut their medication in half in order to pay their electric bill.”
The Lee Board of County Commissioners will be voting on the budget increase on March 20th, 2018. If it passes, the additional 255 households will be served by March 31st, 2018.