40% of reservation housing is considered sub-standard
Winter Fuel Service
Winter is a tough season for many, but for those with a meager income, it can be threatening. In the desert Southwest winters, Native American Elders living on fixed incomes struggle to stay warm.
Our Winter Fuel service brings immediate relief from the cold to Native Elders on Southwest Reservations like Navajo via vouchers to help lower the cost of their electric, propane, or natural gas bill.
Surprising to many, reservations in the Southwest are often bitterly cold with nightly temperatures dropping well below zero. (1) In these conditions, exposed skin can freeze in just a matter of minutes. (2)
While many people associate heat and arid desert with the Southwest, winters are actually a challenging and dangerous time for many Native Elders in this region.
Many of the Elders in our service area find it difficult to sustain sufficient heat during the winter. Most are living on a fixed income and about half are raising their grandchildren, often facing the choice of buying food or heating their home. Many are diabetic and may need to choose between medications, foods, or warmth.
When the money runs out, local residents have been known to burn clothing or furniture — a health hazard in itself — in anxious attempts to stay warm.
Additionally, transportation is an issue. Many Elders’ homes are so remote or located off of dirt roads where snow, ice, and flooding can make them impassible.
Did you know:
With the help of our generous donors, SWRA’s Winter Fuel service helps our Program Partners assist Elders in their communities who are at risk of being without heat. We provide winter fuel vouchers to help Elders lower the cost of their electric, propane, or natural gas bill.
Our Winter Fuel service brings immediate relief from the cold