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January 2, 2009

Low income heating assistance offered

By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

Kentucky’s Community Action agencies are gearing up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s (LIHEAP) crisis heating assistance program for 2009, said Danny McKenzie of Community Action Kentucky.

Applications for crisis assistance can be made between Jan. 5 and Mar. 31, 2009.

The application window for the LIHEAP subsidy assistance program has expired.

The crisis assistance program is for those whose natural gas or electricity service is set to be discontinued because of the household’s inability to pay the cost.

In order to qualify for crisis assistance, families must fall within certain income levels depending on household size.

A household of one must have a gross monthly income of $1,127 or less. A household of two, $1,517; three, $1,907; four, $2,297; five, $2,687; six, $3,076; seven, $3,467; and eight, $3,857. Beyond eight, add $390 for each additional household member.

The household must be responsible for home heating costs or pay heating costs as an undesignated portion of rent.

The household’s total liquid resources can’t be more than $2,000, or $3,000 if a member of the household is older than 60.

Resources may be as much as $4,000 in households where a member has a catastrophic illness and the resources are being used for medical and living expenses.

To be eligible for the crisis program the applicant must also be within four days of running out of wood, coal, propane, fuel oil or kerosene being used as a heat source, or a disconnect/past due notice has been received from the vendor.

Applications must be made at the local community action agency.

In Laurel County the office is at the Dog Patch Trading Post at the intersection of I-75 and KY 80 in London. Call 864-9121.

In Knox County the office is at 5448 U.S. 25E, Suite A, in Barbourville. Call 546-3152.

In Whitley County the office is at 799 N. U.S. 25W in Williamsburg. Call 549-3933.

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