Program that provides heating units for the elderly seeking donations

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- This winter, many people in the Charlottesville area received new heating units and more through a local program.

The program is a part of the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program.

"What we encounter at AHIP is a lot of people call us because their baseboard heat has gone out," said Jennifer Jacobs, the Executive Director of AHIP.

She says the program targets those who have a larger burden.

"We're particularly concerned with people who have little kids in the house, and senior citizens in the house, that it can be dangerous to be cold," she said.

Jacobs says many families can't afford the housing equipment.

"For the families that we will help, there is no extra room in the budget for a $700 water heater, or two $3,000 VHAC. But if you live in a home and you know all these things that can go wrong with the house, you know all these things can lead to severe anxiety and stress," she said.

AHIP is currently running a campaign to raise $15,000 for the program.

"We have a little less than $6,000 right now," Jacobs said.

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