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Energy Assistance Program Begins Nov. 5

Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 13:52:15-04

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) – Kentucky River Foothills will begin the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Monday, November 5.

LIHEAP provides financial assistance to income-eligible households with home heating costs through two programs: LIHEAP Subsidy (typically in November and December) and LIHEAP Crisis  (typically January through March or until all funds are expended). Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have low or fixed incomes are eligible.

LIHEAP is now operating on an appointment-based system. You can schedule your appointment two ways:

By Phone: 859-544-1713


Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance benefit. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene,
propane, coal or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive
energy assistance in the subsidy portion of this program. The benefit amount that each household receives will be
based on its level of poverty, living in subsidized or unsubsidized housing and the type of fuel used for heating. All
eligible households will receive a benefit until LIHEAP funds are fully depleted. Benefits will be made payable to the
household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

A household is considered to be eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria:
1. completion of an application;
2. is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
3. have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of
130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines;
4. live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence; and
5. not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000, or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 or older:
and/or disabled except for households where a member has a catastrophic illness. The amount may be $4,000
when the resources are being accessed for medical and living expenses.

1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of household.
2. Proof of all household’s (all members) income from preceding month.
3. Most recent heating bill, verification from landlord that heating expenses are included in rent, or statement
from utility company verifying participation in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
4. Vendor information (including account number and name on account) for your main heating fuel as well as

LIHEAP has established income guidelines to determine eligibility. For the 2018-2019 program year, the income
guidelines are:
Household Size Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,316
2 $1,784
3 $2,252
4 $2,720
5 $3,188
6 $3,656
7 $4,124
8 $4,592
*Add $468 for each additional family member

When the crisis component begins on January 7, 2019, a household shall be considered to be in a home heating
crisis situation when the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and: (1) the household is within four
days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source; (2) the
household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or (3) the household’s
home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an
eviction notice for non-payment of rent from the landlord.

Applications will be taken Monday through Friday from 8 am-4 pm at the following locations:

Clark County Outreach Office, 32 Meadow Street, Winchester, KY, 859-744-3235
*NEW OFFICE LOCATION: Estill County Outreach Office, 100 Tyler Lane, Irvine, KY, 606-723-4492
*NEW OFFICE LOCATION: Madison County Outreach Office, 309 Spangler Drive, Richmond, KY, 859-623-6514
Powell County Outreach Office, 176 12th Street, Clay City, KY, 606-663-2659