Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is continuing to provide energy assistance through the crisis component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications can be made from January 8, 2018 through March 31, 2018, or until available funds have been expended. The program assists households in a heating crisis and will run until the funds are expended.
“The recent cold weather has taken a toll on households struggling to afford their heating bill,” said Shelly Howard, KRFDC Director of Community Services. “We are urging those in need of assistance to apply as soon as possible.”
Individuals and households that have already received assistance this year are eligible to receive additional help if they haven’t used their entire assistance amount of $400. Benefits may take the form of fuel deliveries, service reconnection, blankets or sleeping bags, loan of space heaters and emergency shelter. Crisis relief will be provided within 48 hours or 18 hours if an emergency.
A household is considered to be eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria which includes:
- completion of an application;
- is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
- have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of 130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines;
- live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence; and
- not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000, or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 or older: and/or disabled except for households where a member has a catastrophic illness. The amount may be $4,000 when the resources are being accessed for medical and living expenses.
In addition to the above mentioned criteria, only those with disconnect or eviction notices or who are within 48 hours of being without heat can receive assistance during the crisis component. A household shall be considered to have a home heating crisis situation when it meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and: (1) the household is within four (4) 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 past due/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. Applicants who participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program must bring a statement from the utility company that shows they have 10 days or less of pre-paid electric service.
All assistance provided with LIHEAP funds must be directly related to resolving the household’s home heating crisis situation. A household may not receive more than the household’s allowable crisis maximum in combined benefits, through the Crisis component. The allowable crisis maximum is determined by the household’s primary fuel type.
Additionally, this year during the crisis component of LIHEAP households with a past-due notice may apply for assistance. If the household is eligible, Foothills may be able to pay 50% of the amount owed.
Applicants must bring the following:
- Disconnect/past due notice (if seeking assistance for natural gas or electric)
- Eviction notice from Landlord (if utilities are included in rent)
- Metered utility bill if seeking assistance for propane/kerosene/wood/coal
- Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
- Proof of all household members income from the preceding month
Applications and questions can be made at these offices:
859/744-3235, 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 8am-4pm
606/723-4492, 111 Collins Street, Irvine, 8am-4pm
859/624-6514, 1506 E Irvine Street, Richmond, 8am-4pm
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. Their phone number is 859-986-8350.
606/663-2659, 176 12th Street, Clay City, 8am-4pm
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 Inc. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and is directly funded by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.