The problems in Washington D.C. are hitting close to home. Many who rely on energy assistance to heat their homes in the winter may not get their coverage, or if they do, it may be delayed.
Kristine Kuenzi and her son, Steven, have a pretty amazing story. Steven was born at 26 weeks old and Kristine was told, he wouldn't live long. Today, Steven is 21 years old and still fighting heart, lung and cognitive issues. But Kristine is disabled as well, and since she can't work, she relies on energy assistance to heat her home.
Due to the government shutdown, energy assistance may be unavailable or delayed for those who qualify -- something Kristine says is not an option.
"No heat, no energy, he won't survive," said Kristine, "he's my life, my chance for him to live, and everybody else that's on it, needs it."
Kristine says if she doesn't receive the energy assistance, she may have to live with family just to stay warm this winter.
This will not necessarily affect everyone who uses the program. A representative from the energy assistance program said some customers will still get their assistance and may not be affected by the delays.
If you use the program, you should call your county program office and find out what your situation may be.
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