A representative of Kentucky Utilities said the distribution of federal funds to us to help people with low income heat their homes has been delayed. K-U allows it’s customers to donate money to supplement this fund.
"Due to the delay of the distribution of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds caused by the federal government shutdown, we felt it was important to go above and beyond the usual $1 for $1 match," said Cheryl Bruner, customer service and marketing director for LG&E and KU. “We encourage customers to join what thousands of their neighbors are doing and consider making a tax-deductible donation to this program as well.”
KU and its sister company LG&E have raised more than $1.67 million, with approximately $923,000 of that donated by the utilities. Funds raised have helped thousands of families pay their heating bills over the years.
The program assists families in dire financial situations and a lack of resources, leaving a family with no heat or the immediate prospect of no heat; and families with a family member who is elderly, very young, seriously ill or disabled. KU plays no part in determining eligibility.
Families in need of assistance will be interviewed by the Wintercare service partners and should contact those agencies to apply for funds.