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South Kentucky RECC Reminds Members Heating Assistance Available

signThere are many joys this time of year filled with holiday seasons – it is a time of reflection on the many blessings we receive each and every day. It is also the time of year that snow and frigid cold weather enters our state, and with that, comes higher energy bills.

South Kentucky RECC reminds its members that November 4 begins the application process for the first segment, or subsidy component, of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – the federal government’s provision, started in 1974, for helping American’s at risk of losing wintertime heat. Applications are taken in order of the last name of the head of the household.

The subsidy component helps residents of Kentucky that are at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level. Most of these recipients are elderly or disabled. The LIHEAP subsidy component is given just once per winter, and the benefit amount is determined by three factors: the percentage of poverty level of the family’s income; the size of the household; and the type of heating used.

Under the subsidy component, families are given vouchers toward their heating expense, not cash. In the South Kentucky RECC service territory, the voucher is sent directly to the provider.

Bring the following with you when you apply: 1. Proof of all household income for the preceding month (award letter, check stubs, etc.);  2. Social Security Cards or Permanent Resident Cards (Green Card) for ALL household members;   3. the most recent heating bill or verification from landlord that the heating is included on the rent;   and 4. The most recent electric bill showing the physical/service address of the home.

For more information on when or how to apply, contact the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency in your community at:

Casey County – 606-787-9209

Clinton County – 606-387-5880

McCreary County – 606-376-2593

Pulaski County – 606-679-6203

Russell County – 270-343-4565

Wayne County – 606-348-8481


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