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PHOTO: Kentucky's first snow ahead of winter is a reminder that applications are now being taken for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
PHOTO: Kentucky's first snow ahead of winter is a reminder that applications are now being taken for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.
November 14, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The leaves are falling, and so is the temperature: it even snowed in Kentucky this week.

Yes, it's that time of the year to think about applying for help if you struggle to pay your heating bills. Community Action Kentucky, which administers the federal assistance program, is now taking applications for the coming winter.

According to program coordinator Mike Moynahan, the one-time subsidy comes in the form of a voucher made payable directly to the utility.

"And so we have accountability there, and we know that the payments are being used for heat," he stated.

The program, known as LIHEAP, provides eligible households about $150 a year to help with their energy bills. For a family of four to be eligible, annual income has to be below $30,624. For a single person it's $14,940.

Moynahan said Community Action Kentucky helped 102,000 low-income families last year. He expects a similar number this winter.

"And, with the overwhelming majority, about 75 percent of those, being families with elderly, or folks with disabilities and young children in those households. And, those are the families that we're trying to target with this assistance," he said.

The application deadline is Dec. 19.

For more information on the program call Community Action Kentucky at 800-456-3452.

Greg Stotelmyer , Public News Service - KY