Low Income Heating Assistance Available Beginning Monday

by Gabe Bullard on November 6, 2011

Heating assistance for low-income Louisvillians is available beginning Monday.

Residents who need help paying their utility bills can apply for one-time grants of up to $210 from the Community Action Partnership.

The money comes from a $1.5 million federal grant and is available until either December 16th or until the funds run out.

“There will be another phase of LIHEAP called the crisis phase [next year] and we’re still waiting to hear what the funding looks like for that phase,” says CAP spokeswoman Debbie Belt.

Money for the crisis phase hasn’t yet been appropriated, but Belt expects it to be lower than it has in recent years.

“Well, like all federal money, there’s just a lot of programs in need right now. Our economy is pulling money in many directions. We just have to wait until congress decides how to allocate.”

Here is the information from Metro Government on applying for LIHEAP:

For the subsidy phase of LIHEAP, residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills and need to bring the following documents when scheduling an appointment:

1. Picture ID
2. Most recent heating bill
or
Verification from landlord, stating heating expenses are included in rent

Starting Nov. 7, appointments will be issued at all three CAP offices weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. based on appointment availability. Upon registering for an appointment, residents will receive an appointment slip verifying the appointment date, time and location. LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment and the assistance received is a one-time benefit, paid to the heating vendor. All offices will be closed Nov. 8, Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 and no appointments will be issued on Fridays at the East Office.

Central Office — Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Avenue, Room 127, 40204; 502-574-1157
East Office — Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218; 502-574-1270
South Office — Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway, 40272; 502-574-1272

Applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines and willing to provide the following documentation at the time of their appointment:

• Picture ID for head of household
• Proof of all household income for the preceding month (food stamp award letter, Social Security award letter, pay stubs, etc.). All individuals 18 or over in the household with no income – and who do not receive food stamps — must have a Proof of No Income form completed prior to applying for benefits (Available at the CAP office at 810 Barret or at www.louisvilleky.gov/cap.)
•Social Security card(s) or official documentation with social security numbers or Permanent Resident Card Numbers for everyone living in the household.
• Most recent heating bill or verification from landlord that heating expenses are included in the rent (i.e. lease agreements).

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send a representative on their behalf with a note including the applicant’s signature and phone number. Call 574-1157 for more details on how this process works. Residents who are homebound — which means a medical professional can verify they are confined to the home — and who are unable to send a representative, may call 574-1274.

LG&E reminds customers that it is their responsibility to make arrangements to ensure continued service. Please contact LG&E’s customer service office at 589-1444 if you cannot make a payment in full and need to set up payment arrangements.

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