Dozens wait in line for energy bill assistance

Dozens wait in line for energy bill assistance
Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 8:13 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After a cold winter, residents in Orleans Parish are getting ready for hot summer temperatures.

A non-profit is hosting an event Friday to help low income residents with their energy bills, and hundreds started waiting in line overnight and into the early hours of the morning for assistance.

Total Community Action also held the event Thursday in Algiers and Uptown on Tuesday.

The non-profit is connecting super low income residents with community services including a program called LIHEAP, or low income home energy assistance program.

LIHEAP is a federal program funded by more than $3 billion and is designed to keep people warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Preference is given to the elderly, the disabled, and families with children who have the lowest incomes but highest energy bills.

If approved, the program sends money directly to the utility company and help to make those energy bills affordable to low-income families.

LIHEAP also helps provide weatherization for homes to help make homes more energy efficient. This in turn makes those energy bills cheaper, but also makes homes safer and healthier.

Last year, the program gave out more than $40 million to families all across the state.

The doors at 1616 Caffin Avenue will open at 9 a.m., and stay open until all resources have been exhausted.

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