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Residents looking to get a jump on rising heating bills can take advantage of a seasonable assistance program offered locally.
Central Kentucky Community Action Council has mobilized its annual Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program, which offers a one-time subsidy toward heating bills for qualified applicants. The subsidy is determined based on income level and size of household, she said.
Faith Miller, local coordinator for the council, said the program already has attracted more than 100 applicants since its launch on Nov. 5.
“We’re busy this month,” she said.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 14 and applications can be submitted at the Hardin County office at 1111 N. Dixie Ave., Suite 5, in Elizabethtown.
Miller said applicants will need to present photo identification and bring Social Security cards for every member of their household. The organization also requires the previous month’s heating bill and the previous month’s pay stub or income statement as proof of income.
For those families without an income, a food stamp letter will be needed verifying this, she said.
The organization will take an unlimited number of requests for assistance during the application period and whatever money is left over will be placed toward its heating assistance crisis program in January. Miller said that program pays a certain amount toward families who are in risk of disconnection.
Miller said the great thing about the assistance program is an account can be credited even if the family paid their previous month’s bill. Miller said families do not have to be late on their bill to apply for assistance because the subsidy is credited to their account in December, she said. This, in particular, assists the elderly who may take money away from essential items to make sure their heating bill is paid on time, she said.
“A lot of elderly, they will go without medicine or food to avoid that late notice,” she said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.