Kentucky families facing challenges in meeting their utility payment obligations can now rely on the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program, designed to help those in need to stay warm during the winter (and fresh during summer, but this is not the case).
Now, what are your options when applying for LIHEAP assistance? Know who qualifies, what the application process could be and how will you get the money, when you get approved.
LIHEAP Funds in Harlan, Kentucky: How to Apply
The Harlan County Community Action Agency (HCCAA) is once again extending its hand in assistance through the LIHEAP initiative. Those households facing financial hardships and struggling with their heating costs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
In Kentucky, the LIHEAP program helps approximately 150,000 families in covering their heating bills each winter. The funding for this program is allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Kentucky, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services partners with Community Action Agencies throughout the state. These agencies facilitate the application process and ensure that eligible households receive the necessary benefits.
According to a news release, households seeking LIHEAP subsidies must meet specific eligibility criteria. These criteria include completing the application, providing a metered utility bill, being responsible for home energy costs either directly or as part of their rent, and having a combined household income for the month of the application that does not exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty level, as indicated in the income eligibility guidelines. The program covers costs associated with various sources of heat, including electricity, coal, propane, and fuel oil.
When Will the LIHEAP Funds be Allotted?
This year’s LIHEAP subsidy will not become available until November 6. To initiate the application process, individuals must visit the HCCAA office. Applicants will be required to provide their electric bill, the social security cards of all household members, and documentation of their total household income.
Last year, the agency extended its support to approximately 10,000 people in Harlan County alone. It’s worth mentioning that every county in Kentucky has its own Community Action Agency, each dedicated to helping its respective community. Remember that the money will not be delivered to beneficiaries but directly to the utility companies.
The official website of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, https://www.chfs.ky.gov, is the official place where you can start and follow your application. Stay warm and safe until the spring hits next year.