It's a bipartisan thing, this desire to cut back heating support:
The Obama administration has proposed cutting money for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program in half — to about $2.5 billion nationwide. A spending bill in the U.S. House calls for cutting spending to $3.4 billion; the Senate is proposing $3.6 billion.In Ripton we built an assistance program called REAP. On our own we find good wood, haul it to a town shed, cut it up, then stack the pieces in an accessible location. Here's a post on doing some of that community work.
If we're in a national economic crisis, this kind of local, grass-roots, peer-to-peer mutual aid is essential. Hopefully we'll see it grow, as "outside" support declines.