If you are behind and having trouble paying water and sewer bills due to COVID-19, the local Community Action Office in Whitley City can help. However, it is important to act now before funds are gone.
Households who have an income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and have been economically impacted due to COVID-19 can apply and receive assistance for the minimum needed to alleviate the water and wastewater crisis up to $500. Households can reapply until they reach their maximum benefit. Households can also apply for electric and natural gas benefits once in a one month timeframe. The benefits each time for electric and natural gas are the minimum needed to alleviate crisis for up to $200.
All applicants are required to supply the following documentation at the time of application: most current utility bill, proof of being behind in payment, payment plan, or disconnect notice for utilities, proof of Social Security number or permanent residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household, and proof of all members of household’s income from the preceding month.
This funding is from federal COVID-19 relief funds that were designated by Governor Andy Beashear for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund. The $15 million of funding provides relief to Kentuckians affected by COVID-19 who need assistance with their water, wastewater, electric or natural gas service. Kentucky’s Community Action Network is partnering with Team Kentucky to distribute these funds statewide.
The program ends December 11, 2020 or before if funds are depleted. For more information, log onto: www.capky.org or call the local office in Whitley City at (606) 376-2593 for information or appointment.