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Foothills offering utility bill assistance in response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky River Foothills is accepting applications for utility bill relief and energy assistance through an added component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP helps households pay for utility costs that include electric, natural gas, propane, kerosene, wood or coal.  Applications will be accepted through June 30, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone who meets the income requirements, including individuals and households that have already received assistance with subsidy (fall 2019) or crisis (January though present) are eligible to receive additional assistance up to $200.

The benefit amount awarded is based on an individual’s income and primary fuel type.

Benefits are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor in the form of a voucher.

Even though energy utility companies are not disconnecting utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, KRFDC is strongly urging those who qualify to apply.

Eligible households (homeowners and renters) in the core service counties of Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell should call to complete a by-phone or email application from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 30, or until available funds have been expended.

Requests for assistance can be made by calling 859-744-3235 or email pguynn@foothillscap.org.

Residents outside KRFDC’s service region of Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties can find their community action agency at www.capky.org/network.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at time of application:

— Proof of Social Security number or permanent residence card (green card) for each member of the household.

— Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.

— Most current heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a pre-pay electric Program.

— The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

Community Action Kentucky administers LIHEAP in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, who receive the funding as a pass-through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More information about LIHEAP and a listing of LIHEAP outreach offices can be found at the Community Action Kentucky website at www.CAPKY.org.