LIHEAP to help low-income households
by Special to the Enterprise
Harlan County Community Action Agency began the “subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on Nov. 12.
The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. The deadline to apply is Dec. 19.
Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help. A household shall be considered to be eligible for LIHEAP subsidy when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria:
*Makes and completes an application
*Provide a metered utility bill to verify address
*Be 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 percent 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
*Not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 years old or disabled, ($4,000 if resources are being used for living expenses due to catastrophic illness); and
*Provide a social security number or permanent resident card for each member of the household
Applications are being taken at convenient Community Action offices. Applicants are encouraged to apply at the location nearest to them in their county of residence.
Harlan County CAA offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding major holidays. For scheduling information, contact your local Harlan County CAA office at the following location: 319 Camden Street in Harlan, or call 573-5330.
LIHEAP is a statewide initiative operated by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Harlan Community Action Agency, Inc., is a private non-profit organization, serving Harlan county. It is to utilize all available resources to assist eligible individuals and families to acquire useful skills and knowledge, gain access to new opportunities, and achieve economic self-sufficiency, empowering them to become more effective partners of society, therefore creating a better community.
For more information about Harlan County CAA and the programs and services it offers, visit http://www.harlancountycaa.org.
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