The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Energy Assistance

The high cost of heating a home for the winter is a great burden to Philadelphia’s low-income families. Being without heat in the middle of winter is a crisis, and families will do whatever they can to keep warm, including running a cooking stove to heat the house. The cost of fuel has risen sharply during the past few years, and this cost must compete with the other household necessities of food and rent. “Brining Children in From the Cold” outlines the negative impact of fuel and housing insecurity on children.  

Active 2008-Present


With Welfare now, what we get nowadays, it’s enough to live off of but it’s not enough to do anything to make our environment safer for our children... So the jobs that I need or that I want that I’m qualified for I can’t get because I need an education. And I tell [Welfare] that and it’s like, well, that’s just too bad, basically, you have to get a job. I need an education… But I’m held back, I’m at a standstill."


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