Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

November 14, 2012

LIHEAP funds arrive as temperatures drop

Nov. 14, 2012 — Low-income families in Carter County receiving assistance with their utility bills can put their uncertainty to rest for the upcoming cold season.

According to David Carroll, executive director of the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency, funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been released as of last Friday.

The Journal-Times reported last week that Northeast had yet to receive the money it normally gets from the federal government to fund the program.

Carroll informed the Journal-Times on Tuesday, however, that with the much-needed funds now in hand, Northeast finally will be able to release payment assistance vouchers to heating source providers and utility companies.

Based on last year’s statistics, Northeast provided more than $392,000 in utility assistance to Carter County families. Nearly 2,500 households could have been left out in the cold had similar funding not come through for the LIHEAP program.

Northeast is still accepting applications for the LIHEAP assistance until Dec. 14.

For questions about qualifications or required documentation, please call one of Northeast’s local offices or the central office at (606) 286-4443.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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