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Trump's elimination of heating credits leaves some cold

Robert Kuhen received them through a federal program that President Donald Trump wants to wipe out. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

A retired Flint truck driver just got new windows, a furnace and other improvements, he never would have been able to afford.

Robert Kuhen received them through a federal program that President Donald Trump wants to wipe out.

Kuhen says "that's absolutely ridiculous. There are so many people that need so much these are the people he's supposed to be helping"

Its called the low income heating assistance program.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, it's providing about 170 million dollars in assistance in our state this year.

It's administered in Genesee County by GCCARD.

It's executive director, Matt Purcell says," it's going to be devastating to the population we focus on. Here in Flint we have a high poverty rate, so there's a lot of people struggling to pay their utility bills. so without the money available we'll have to turn them away.

We asked local residents for their reaction to the proposed cuts.

TRump supporter Dale Radford says "I heard the list this morning I heard it on the thing so, some of that I'm not for it". (Reporter)you don't want to pay for it? (Dale) "no".

Flint resident James Rudolph "so i think that's not a good idea for Trump to do that. He needs to put more into the people that need help, that's on the lower income than the people that already have the good things in life".

Just because the president has called for the cuts, doesn't mean they'll happen.

Congress would have to approve and that's far from certain.


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