By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Dec. 11, 2013 — Residents of Carter County who need help paying their heating bills this winter have until Dec. 17 to apply for assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The LIHEAP program is made available each year through the Northeast Community Action Agency (NKCAA) and is funded by a grant from the federal government.
Approximately 150,000 families throughout Kentucky take advantage of LIHEAP each winter to help pay their heating bills.
Carter County families were almost left out in the cold last year, however, as money from the federal government arrived just in the nick of time to fund the program.
No delays in funding have been reported for this year.
The LIHEAP program has two major components: subsidy and crisis. When funds are available, a third component to help with summer cooling costs is offered as well.
The subsidy component operates in November and December to help residents at or below the federal poverty level pay home heating costs.
The crisis component of LIHEAP is available from early January until the middle of March, or until all funds are spent.
Clients must be in a crisis situation involving imminent loss of heating energy (such as a utility disconnect notice) or have four or fewer days worth of fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal available to qualify.
Residents must provide the following when applying for assistance:
Recent copies of utility bills
Proof of income
Utility shut-off notice (if applicable)
Proof of current address
Proof of total members living in the household (birth certificates, school records, etc.)
Social Security cards (or numbers) for all persons living in the household
For questions about the LIHEAP program, contact NKCAA at (606) 286-4443 or visit either the Grayson or Olive Hill location to apply for assistance.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.