Low Income home energy crisis assistance available

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — LIHEAP is meant to help a household keep the heat on during the colder months, by providing money and material assistance if the household is unable to pay for heating. It is hosted by Community Action Council.

To be eligible, the household must be at or below the federal poverty guidelines shown below. Applications for Crisis assistance can be made between January 11, through March 31, 2016.

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GUIDELINES

Household Size / Monthly Income / Annual Income

  1.  / $1,275 / $15,300
  2.  / $1,726 / $20,712
  3.  / $2,176 / $26,112
  4.  / $2,627 / $31,524
  5.  / $3,078 / $36,936
  6.  / $3,528 /  $42,336
  7.  / $3,979 /  $47,748
  8.  / $4,430 /  $53,160

 

  • If the homeowner uses bulk fuels such as wood, coal, propane, fuel oil, or kerosene, and is within four (4) days of running out, verification of a crisis situation must be self-declared by the applicant, and will be checked by the CAC. Or;
  • The household received a past due or disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source. Or;
  • The household’s home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of the rent from the landlord.

Last year, over 7,500 participants received financial assistance.

For more information on the LIHEAP, the requirements for eligibility, or the application process, take a look at their official announcement, or  their website

CONTACT

You can also ask for assistance by contacting them directly:

  • Lexington – 859-233-4600
  • Paris – 859-987-5277
  • Cynthiana – 859-234-2121
  • Carlisle – 859-289-7172
  • Toll Free at 1-800-244-2275

DONATE

If you’re interested in helping keep the heat on in someone’s home this winter, the council does accept donations at any of their locations across Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas counties. Donations are also accepted on your utility bill by donating to the WINTERCARE Energy fund. Checks should be payable to Community Action council, P.O. Box 11610, Lexington