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Kentucky River Foothills offering cooling assistance programs in response to COVID-19

Kentucky River Foothills is accepting applications for their new LIHEAP Summer Cooling Programs. Designed to help offset the cost of higher electric bills because of rising temperatures, the programs are the agency’s latest resource to help families during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The program has two components: subsidy and crisis, and they are running concurrently. 

These new programs only provide electric assistance. 

For subsidy, households must meet income and eligibility guidelines.  Eligible households may qualify for up to $200.

For crisis, households must meet eligibility guidelines and be in a home energy crisis situation.  Households must provide a disconnect notice, an eviction notice for non-payment of rent (if electric costs are included as an undesignated portion of rent) or that they are within 10 days of running out of pre-paid electric. Eligible households may qualify for up to $600.

If eligible, households may qualify for both programs. 

The benefit amount awarded is based on an individual’s income.

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

If a household has a $0 balance on their electric bill they are still encouraged to apply.  Assistance will be applied towards the next bill(s). 

Anyone who meets the income requirements, including individuals and households that have already received any type of LIHEAP assistance (November 2019 through present), are eligible to receive additional assistance.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation:

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

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

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

— The account number and name on the electric bill account.

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

Requests for assistance can be made by call 744-3235 in Clark County or emailing pguynn@foothillscap.org.

Residents outside KRFDC’s service region can find their community action agency at https://www.capky.org/network.