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.
Applicants who are unable to apply in person must contact the local community action agency to make other arrangements.
Those applying must take to the agency the most recent heating bill or verification that heating expenses are included in the rent, Social Security numbers or Permanent Residence Card numbers for each member of the household and proof of all household income for the preceding month.
Those applying for crisis assistance for natural gas or electricity must bring a disconnect/past due notice and applicants whose rent includes heat must bring an eviction notice from the landlord.
Crisis benefits are limited to the amount necessary to relieve the crisis.
The maximum amount is not to exceed the community action agency’s local cost for a deliverable supply of the household’s primary heating fuel or $250 for gas or electricity.
The benefits may take the form of fuel deliveries, service connection, blankets or sleeping bags, loan of space heaters and emergency shelter.
Crisis relief will be provided within 48 hours or 18 hours in an emergency.
For more information contact the Community Action Agency in your county.
By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
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