Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP
The LIHEAP program provides assistance to low-income households. The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission will provide assistance to low-income households with home heating costs at their Neighborhood Centers through two program components:
- Subsidy assistance. Subsidy assistance is offered in November and December to residents at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level to help them pay for their home heating costs. These may be costs for which the applicant is directly responsible for or costs that are an undesignated portion of their rent. In addition to meeting income guidelines, eligible applicants may not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 except when a household member has a catastrophic illness, in which case applicants may have as much as $4,000 in liquid assets if those assets are used for medical and living expenses.
- Crisis assistance. Crisis assistance is offered from early January until the middle of March or until all funds are expended. Applicants must meet the criteria above and be in a crisis situation involving imminent loss of heat. Applicants must provide a utility disconnect notice. Households at or above 75 percent of poverty level must pay a portion or copayment of the minimum amount necessary to alleviate the crisis.
Applications for both subsidy and crisis assistance will be taken at neighborhood centers within each county. See your neighborhood center for more information. Applicants will need the following information when they apply for assistance:
- Recent copies of your utility bills.
- A recent payroll stub or other proof of current gross income.
- Documentation showing income from Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, pension funds, disability, etc. You may obtain verification of your Social Security and/or SSI benefits by creating an account with the Social Security Administration’s my Social Security website.
- Final utility termination notice (if you’ve received a shut-off notice from your energy company).
- Proof of current address (e.g., rent receipt, lease or deed, property tax bill).
- Proof of total members living in your household (e.g., birth certificates, school records, etc.).
- Social Security cards (or numbers) for all persons living in your household.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence.
Household income must be at or below the following relative to household size:
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More information on Kentucky’s LIHEAP program can be found at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/LIHEAP.htm.