Kentucky River Foothills is encouraging senior citizens on fixed incomes, individuals dealing with short-term financial difficulties, and low-income persons who may need help paying their winter heating bills to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is intended to assist low-income families with managing their energy costs.
Foothills will begin taking LIHEAP applications alphabetically based on the first letter of the head of household’s last name on Monday, Nov. 2at the Foothills Outreach Office located at 176 Twelfth Street in Clay City. Eligible participants can apply for assistance to help with energy cost. Applications will be taken through Dec. 11, 2009.
LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Community Action Inc. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The program provides annual grants to states operating home energy assistance programs that serve needy households that are facing significant price increases for heating oil, natural gas and propane.
To apply, participants must bring a picture ID, proof of income for all family members, the names, birth dates and social security numbers of all household members. Participants must bring proof of housing type (lease, Section 8 certification, Housing Authority statement, deed or rent receipt). Participants must also bring their most recent heating bill or verification from their landlord that the heating expenses are included in their rent.
Individuals who are unable to apply for themselves may send an authorized individual to apply for them. If this is the case you should contact Foothills at 663-2659. Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have a low or fixed income are eligible.
Applications will be taken Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The office is closed from noon – 1 p.m. Applications will be taken in alphabetical order based on the first letter of the head of household’s last name using the following schedule:
November 2 A November 16 F, G December 1 N, O,P
November 3 Staff Day November 17 H December 2 Q,R
November 4 B November 18 H December 3 S
November 5 B November 19 I, J December 7 S
November 9 C November 23 K, L December 8 T
November 10 C November 24 M December 9 U, V,W
November 11 Staff Day November 25 Staff Day December 10X, Y, Z
November 12 D, E November 30 M December 1 OPEN
If you have a disconnect notice or are unavailable to come in on the day your last name falls on, you can come on another day. Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance voucher. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, propane or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive energy assistance in the subsidy portion of the program.
The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty and the type of fuel used for heating. All eligible households will receive a benefit. Benefits will be made payable to the household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.
LIHEAP has established income guidelines to determine eligibility. For the 2009-2010 program year, the income guidelines are:
Household Size – Gross Monthly Income
8 – $4,010
* Add $406 for each additional family member
Interested energy customers can find out more how to apply for LIHEAP/heating assistance by contacting the Powell County Outreach Office at 663-2659.
IMPORTANT: If you are sick or have the flu, please call the Outreach Office first to make other arrangements.