The scorching summer heat can be unbearable, especially for low-income families struggling to keep their utility bills in check. Fortunately, The Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, in partnership with Community Action Agencies across Kentucky, has initiated two essential programs: the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Subsidy Cooling Component and the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).
The Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services joined with Community Action Agencies across the state to begin accepting applications for the 2023 LIHEAP Summer Subsidy Cooling Component. This program aims to provide financial aid during the sweltering summer months, when energy consumption tends to rise significantly due to the need of air conditioner or fans all over the house.
How does LIHEAP work in Kentucky
To be eligible for LIHEAP, applicants must be residents of Jefferson County with a household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. For instance, a household of four cannot earn more than $3,750 per month. Those who meet the income criteria can apply for the Cooling Component of LIHEAP and receive the much-needed assistance in managing their utility costs.
Applying for LIHEAP is a simple process. From July 25 through September 22, eligible residents can submit their applications through designated Community Action Agencies. However, it’s essential to apply early, as funds are limited, and applications will be accepted until funds run out.
The LIHWAP program: Helping families stay safe during the heatwaves
LIHWAP offers a one-time benefit, and the exact amount may vary depending on the individual’s financial circumstances. The program provides much-needed relief to eligible residents, ensuring they have access to this essential resource without worrying about the costs.
Applicants must meet the same eligibility criteria as LIHEAP, including residency in Jefferson County and a household income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. For those who qualify, LIHWAP is a valuable resource to stay hydrated and healthy during the summer months.
The LIHEAP summer subsidy could provide qualifying families a one-time payment ranging from $50 to $250, depending on every household’s circumstances and needs. “The LIHEAP and LIHWAP programs are crucial to so many of our neighbors,” said RCS Interim Director Laura Grabowski. “Our office is proud to administer these vital programs, which will help hundreds of people stay cool in the summer heat.”
Appointments to apply can be scheduled by calling 502-991-8391 or online at louisvilleky.cascheduler.com. If you have any further questions or doubts, take a look at the official website of the LIHEAP program in Kentucky.
Requirements to apply for the LIHEAP program in Kentucky
In order to ensure a smooth and efficient process during your scheduled appointment, take a look at the following documentation requirements. Failure to bring all the necessary documents may lead to delays in receiving the much-needed support.
Firstly, please bring along the Social Security card(s) or official documentation containing Social Security numbers for every individual residing in your household. Alternatively, if applicable, the Permanence Residence/Green Card can also be provided.
Secondly, present a current bill from both LG&E and Louisville Water Company. Additionally, if you are renting your residence and electric expenses are included in your rent, please bring a copy of the lease or a statement from your landlord confirming the arrangement. Participants in the Pre-Pay Electric Program must also provide a statement from the utility company, which should include the account number and name for all heating fuel sources and electric.
Lastly, to assess eligibility and determine the level of assistance required, they’ll kindly request proof of all household income from the previous month or evidence of no income. This includes individuals over the age of 18. Acceptable forms of income verification are check stubs for the calendar month before your appointment date.
These check stubs should clearly show pay dates and gross income. In case you did not receive the maximum number of checks during a month, a verification letter from your employer will be necessary. Alternatively, you may present your Current SSI/Social Security Award letter or Current Food Stamp Award letter, or Unemployment Check Stubs.
The income eligibility guidelines for 2023
As shortly stated before, the applying household must not surpass the LIHEAP income eligibility guidelines, which means that they must not earn more than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
This is the chart that your household must comply, regarding household size and monthly income:
- 1 person: $1,823
- 2 people: $2,465
- 3 people: $3,108
- 4 people: $3,750
- 5 people: $4,393
- 6 people: $5,035
- 7 people: $5,678
- 8 people: $6,320
- For each additional household member: add $643.00
There are seven LIHEAP locations in the Jefferson County area:
- South Central Neighborhood Place located at 4255 Hazelwood Avenue, 40215
- Neighborhood Place Ujima located at 3610 Bohne Avenue, 40211
- Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place located at 1411 Algonquin Parkway, 40210
- Newburg Community Center located at 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218
- Cane Run Neighborhood Place, located at 3410 Lees Lane, 40216
- Northwest Neighborhood Place (West Wing Doors) located at 4018 W. Market St., 40212
- Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place 9100 Marksfield Road, Suite 100, 40222