Kentucky community action agencies are getting $9.5 million in federal funds to continue their low income heating assistance programs, Governor Steve Beshear announced today.
The money is a much-needed infusion for the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, or LIHEAP. The program’s crisis phase began earlier this week, and will help those who are in danger of having their utilities cut off. The phase lasts until March 31, or when funds run out.
Last year, Louisville got $4 million in federal money for LIHEAP’s crisis phase. The amount of money the city will get this year is unknown, but the Department of Community Services and Revitalization was already bracing for a 20 percent cut.