Deadline approaching for Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund

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Courtesy: Community Action Kentucky's website

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Goodman highlighted an approaching deadline for eligible families to receive assistance to pay overdue utility bills.

The $15 million Healthy at Home Utility Assistance Fund helps those who are struggling to pay water, sewer, electric or gas bills due to COVID-19.

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Those who qualify can receive up to $500 for water and wastewater bills and up to $400 to pay gas or electric utility bills.

The fund expires on December 31, 2020, or earlier if the fund is depleted, so eligible Kentuckians should apply now.

To date, $6.81 million has already been requested.

Team Kentucky is partnering with Kentuckys Community Action Network to distribute these funds statewide.

To receive funds, households must have an income up to 200% of the federal poverty line, have past due utility bills and have been economically impacted due to COVID-19.

Two components for this program are available: Subsidy provides assistance to all eligible households. Crisis provides assistance to eligible households experiencing a crisis situation with their utilities.

How to Apply:

Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach Office on how to apply. To locate your local office, please call 800-456-3452 or visit www.capky.org.

Applications will be taken as long as funding is available, or until December 30, 2020.

Am I Eligible?: Households who have an income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and have been economically impacted due to COVID-19 can apply.

COVID-19 Impact: Has your household experienced one of the following changes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic?
• Job Loss;
• Reduced Hours/Wages
• Additional Expenses or
• Other negative impact

Benefits Provided: The benefits a household can receive will depend on the program component. Benefits are supplied in the form of a voucher to the vendor or supplier.

A household can apply for one or all components and is eligible for up to
the maximum allowable benefit for each component.

Subsidy: Provides eligible households with an account credit to prevent future crisis and disconnections. Eligible households can receive a one-time $500 benefit towards their water and/or wastewater and $400 towards their natural gas and/or electric bills.

Crisis: Assistance is available for households with past-due natural gas, electric, water, and or wastewater bills.

Water and/or Wastewater: Households can receive assistance for the minimum needed to alleviate the water and/
or wastewater crisis up to $500. Households can reapply until they reached their maximum benefit.

Electric and/or Natural Gas: Households can receive assistance for the minimum needed to alleviate the electric
and/or natural gas crisis up to $400. Households can reapply until they reached their maximum benefit.

Applications can be found online by going to the Community Action Network of Kentucky website at www.capky.org or by calling 800-456-3452. Applications and the documentation needed to apply also can be obtained by visiting a Local Community Action Network of Kentucky office.