Foothills continuing to take applications for households experiencing crisis

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RICHMOND, KY – Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is continuing to offer energy assistance for households experiencing a crisis situation through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

LIHEAP provides financial assistance to income-eligible households with home heating costs. Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have low or fixed incomes are eligible.LIHEAP operates on an appointment-based system.

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You can schedule your appointment two ways, by phone at 859-544-1713, or online at https://foothillscap.cascheduler.com

A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situation when the household meets the  basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and: (1) the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source; (2) the household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or (3) 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 rent from the landlord.

Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance benefit. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, propane, coal or wood.

The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty, living in subsidized or unsubsidized housing and the type of fuel used for heating.

All eligible households will receive a benefit until LIHEAP funds are fully depleted.

Benefits will be made payable to the household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

Applications will be taken Monday through Friday from 8 am-4 pm at the following locations:

Clark County Outreach Office, 32 Meadow Street, Winchester, KY, 859-744-3235

Estill County Outreach Office, 100 Tyler Lane, Irvine, KY, 606-723-4492

Madison County Outreach Office, 309 Spangler Drive, Richmond, KY, 859-623-6514

Powell County Outreach Office, 176 12th Street, Clay City, KY, 606-663-2659

In Madison County, applications will also be taken Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am-noon at the Berea Senior Center located at 214 W. Jefferson Street, Berea. Their phone number is 859-986-8350.

Individuals who are unable to apply for themselves may send an authorized individual to apply for them. If this is the case, please contact the Foothills office in advance.

If you are sick or have the flu, please call the Outreach Office first to make other arrangements.