Hoosiers going without heat, hoping for help

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Too many Hoosiers are having difficulty staying warm this season.  Whether it is trying to afford their heating bill, or not having it in the budget at all, people need help.  Thankfully, organizations are stepping up to give people that help.

Jennifer Anderson was hoping her persistence would pay off.

“Work is slow and I do not have the money right now,” said Anderson.

It was Anderson’s fifth time waiting, bills in hand, at Community Action Assistance.  The first 10 qualified people to walk in everyday get help on their monthly bills.  If Anderson could get that help, she could get her heat turned back on. Sadly, Anderson was once again turned away.

“What do my kids do?  What do you tell kids when it is negative 20 outside with the wind-chill?  We are running out of blankets, we have no heat,” said Anderson.

Anderson is determined to get her power back, dozens of others are desperate to keep their furnaces running.

“If they shut off your power, they shut off your power, there is nothing that you can do,” said another person who got turned away at Community Action Assistance.

The sign on North Meridian says to show up at 1:30 p.m. and hope to be one of the first 10 in line. Anderson says she can’t wait that long.

“I am going to come at 7 in the morning and stalk the building until they let me in,” said Anderson.

If you need help with your bills, there are five Community Action Assistance locations around Central Indiana.  You can find the one nearest you online.

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