Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Heat On to Pay a Heating Bill? Help is Available

The window is now open for assistance for lower-income families who face utility shut-offs for nonpayment.

Lower income families an apply for crisis home-energy funds under the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP. This is the second phase of the federal program.

Mike Moynahan runs the program for Community Action Kentucky, the agency that administers the funds. He says, "What we consider to be a crisis situation is if somebody has a disconnect notice from their utility company or, if they heat with a bulk fuel, they're within four days of running out."

Moynahan adds that the average crisis assistance amounts to about $250, with a cap of $400. To be eligible, family income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, that's roughly $2,600 a month before taxes.

For more information, call Community Action Kentucky at 800-456-3452.