FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A program that helps low-income Kentuckians pay heating bills is returning.
Community Action Kentucky announced Thursday enrollment for the Crisis Component of its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin January 6 and run through March 31, or until funds run out.
Officials with LIHEAP say support is divided into two components, a Subsidy Component and a Crisis Component. The Subsidy Component can offset heating costs based on an individual’s income and primary fuel type and benefits are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor. Enrollment for the Subsidy Component is open November-December each year.
According to officials, to participate in Crisis Component, applicants must meet the same income eligibility requirements as the Subsidy Component, as well as have received a “disconnect” notice from their utility company or be within 4 days of running out of a non-metered fuel, such as propane.
Officials say if the applicant is responsible for energy costs as an un-designated portion of rent, an eviction notice is required. They say Crisis applicants who participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program would be eligible if they are within 10 days of running out of pre-paid electric services.
Benefits may take the form of fuel deliveries, service re-connection, blankets or sleeping bags, loan of space heaters and emergency shelter. Crisis relief will be provided within 48 hours or 18 hours of an emergency.
Qualified residents should apply at any one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state.
More information about LIHEAP, including a program fact sheet and listing of outreach offices can be found at the Community Action Kentucky website at www.CAPKY.org.