Update: Senior without heat needs help replacing busted furnace

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Update 2/6/17 - Last month, our In Your Corner team introduced you to Judith Powell.

She's the senior who hasn't had heat all winter long.  

Our team's been working with local non-profit Community Action of Oklahoma City to replace her floor furnace.

Monday, the install finally happened. 

“Just leaves you speechless when you're so grateful and being given gifts,” she said. “It's just wonderful.”

Remember, Judith was so cold and couldn't afford a new furnace on her own.

We couldn't let her suffer through the cold any longer.

We asked Bob Roberson and Community Action to take the lead on the project.

“We hurried it up as quick as we could, got approval and got it in,” he said. “We're glad we could.”

There was some red tape to cut through, since Judith lives in a historic neighborhood and Community Action is using federal money to buy and install the furnace.

Because it was so urgent Judith get heat, her case was given priority.

Rod Colwell and his crew from Colwell Heat and Air out of Tonkawa handled the install.

Judith's family and friends are able to relax now, too.

There is one more upgrade on the way.

Judith said she hasn't had hot water in 10 years.

Community Action hopes to have a new hot water heater installed real soon.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Judith Powell has been without heat all winter long, ever since her floor furnace caught on fire.

She stays bundled up these days and can't seem to ever thaw out.

She can't afford to replace her busted furnace.

A couple of space heaters hardly get the job done.

“I noticed I had a little thing that has a temperature on it, and it said 40 degrees this morning in my bedroom,” she said.

Friend, Ilene, was worried about Judith and emailed the In Your Corner team.

We weren't about to pass up the chance to team up with non-profit Community Action of Oklahoma City to help Judith.

Community Action helps low-income families and seniors with emergency home repairs, among other things.

“As soon as I get clearance, I'll get some bids and we'll get started on it,” said Housing Maintenance Director for the agency Bob Roberson.

Here's the thing: because Judith lives in a historic neighborhood and the project is being funded with federal money, there is some red tape to cut through.

Everyone seems to be on the same page, though.

The City of Oklahoma City, Community Action and the State Historic Preservation Office tell me they're working together for the quickest turn around possible.   

“You want to do them faster, but you have to go by the guidelines,” Roberson said.

Until then, Judith said she'll keep doing what works, wearing layers and positive thinking.

Right now, Judith doesn't have hot water either, so she's getting a brand new hot water heater.

Community Action also weatherizes homes.

Here's a list of other services.

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