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Lack Of Emergency Funding Could Leave Durham Residents In The Cold

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DURHAM, N.C. — The Triangle area's cold snap is hitting at a time when a Durham County emergency fund has dried up and could leave hundreds of people out in the cold.

Plenty of residents like Ursula Satterwhite are on fixed incomes and have a tough time paying high heating bills. In the winter, Satterwhite usually relies on the county's emergency energy fund for help. The program depends on private donations from the community and this year, there has been very little money coming in.

Satterwhite was told on Thursday that the fund could not help her until probably mid- to late January.

"It means a lot to me in the winter time because it helps me pay my light bill and my gas bill and if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be able to pay it," she said.

There are other programs to help people out during the cold weather. Duke Energy has the Share the Warmth program in Wake County and CP&L has Project Share. If you would like to donate money to Durham's Emergency Energy Fund, you can call


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