“This is where households began to make very difficult choices,” Tobin said. “This is winter. They have no choice but to come up with some cash.”
Tobin said a 90-year-old woman called her the other day to talk about how this would be her last year in her house because she cannot take the stress of trying to afford heat anymore. Other people find unsafe ways to heat their homes.
“We have a family that uses a huge pot of water to boil on the stove to keep the kitchen warm,” Tobin said.