KRFDC’s Fall Energy Program Begins Nov. 7

Karen Atkins |

Eligible homeowners and renters are encouraged to apply

Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) will begin the Subsidy portion of their Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Monday, November 7.  The agency is encouraging all eligible households to apply as soon as possible.  Applications will be accepted through December 16, 2022, or until funds are depleted.

Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and meet income guidelines are eligible to receive a one-time payment voucher.  Individuals and households that have already received assistance this year are eligible to receive additional assistance.

“As we move into the winter and prepare to spend even more time indoors, home energy bills are going to increase, said Karen Atkins, KRFDC public information officer.  “We know that recent economic uncertainty and rising energy costs have made it more difficult for people to keep up.  Our program frees up money that can be spent on groceries, medicine, and other essential household items.”

Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance benefit made payable to their primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, propane, coal, or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive energy assistance.  The benefit amount that each household receives is based on income, housing type (subsidized or unsubsidized), and the type of fuel used for heating.  All eligible households will receive a benefit until LIHEAP funds are fully depleted.

A household is eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria:

  • completion of an application;
  • is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
  • live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence

Applicants must provide the following information:

  • Photo Identification.
  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card for each member of household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from preceding month.
  • Most recent heating bill, verification from landlord that heating expenses are included in rent, or statement from utility company verifying participation in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • Vendor information (including account number and name on account) for your main heating fuel as well as electric.

Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For the 2022-2023 program year, the income guidelines are:

Household Size    Gross Monthly Income

1                           $1,437
2                            $1,984
3                           $2,495
4                           $3,007
5                           $3,518
6                           $4,029
7                           $4,541
8                           $5,052

*Add $511 for each additional family member

LIHEAP operates on an appointment-based system. You can schedule your appointment by calling 859-544-1713 or online at

Requests for assistance can also be made by contacting:
Clark Co: 859-744-3235, email [email protected]
Estill Co: 606-723-4492, email [email protected]
Madison Co: 859-623-6514, email [email protected]
Powell Co: 606-663-2659, email [email protected]

Residents outside KRFDC’s service region of Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties can find their community action agency here:

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.

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services appropriates funding to Kentucky through the CHFS, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state to receive LIHEAP applications and provide recipient benefits.