LIHEAP subsidy program to help low-income households in need of energy assistance; ends Thursday

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Submitted to The Spencer Magnet

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. 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, according to a news release.
Last year, Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. was able to assist 166 households in Spencer County during the LIHEAP Subsidy Component.
A household shall be considered to be eligible for LIHEAP subsidy when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria:
•Makes and completes an application
•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; and
•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).
Applications will be taken at convenient Community Action offices. Applicants are encouraged to apply at the location nearest to them in their county of residence. Days, hours of operation, locations and telephone numbers are listed below:
Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc.
44 Creekside Drive
Taylorsville, Kentucky 40071
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(Offices are required to be open 4 hours a day.)
Please call ahead because organizers go by the last letter of each last name to tell individuals when to come in, unless they already have a disconnet notice or are currently disconnected.
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.