Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

December 28, 2013

LIHEAP crisis phase to begin Jan. 13

Increase in fuel costs can strain stressed budgets

OLIVE HILL — The crisis phase of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP, will begin on Jan. 13.

The program is administered in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Lawrence counties by the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency.

According to Northeast, with the increase in fuel costs that cold weather creates, many low-income families are unable to pay their January heating bills and may be facing shutoff. Others may run out of bulk fuel, such as kerosene, wood, coal or propane, much earlier than planned and need assistance with fuel costs to heat their homes.

A household may be considered in a home heating crisis situation when:

‰it is within four days of running out of bulk fuel.

‰it has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electricity is the heat source.

‰its home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent and an eviction notice for non-payment of rent has been received.

To qualify for crisis assistance, a household must meet income eligibility guidelines by having grosss monthly income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level — $1,245 for one person, $1,681 for two; $2,116 for three, $2,552 for four, $2,987 for five, $3,423 for six, $3,858 for seven and $4,294 for eight.

Verification of a crisis situation must be presented at the time of application. For all bulk fuels, verification of a crisis situation may be self-declared by the applicant. For natural gas or electrically heated households, the applicant must present a disconnect/past due notice. Each applicant must be advised that CAA staff may perform on-site verification on a limited number of households.

Applications will be taken at all Northeast offices. Funds for LIHEAP are administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Heroin overdose deaths continue to rise

    The Kentucky state legislature passed a sweeping overhaul to its prescription drug law in the summer of 2012 after a flood of overdose deaths, making it significantly harder for people to access dangerous addictive drugs from doctors.

    July 31, 2014

  • Morehead man faces drug charges

    A Morehead man is facing multiple drug charges after taking possession of a suspicious package mailed to his home on Dillon Lane, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    July 31, 2014

  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • Dogonline.jpg 'Educate and entertain'

    A local theater group is shooting for changing the area’s theater scene.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 07/31/2014 — What's Happening

    Local news

    July 31, 2014

  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731facelift1.JPG Painters finishing up work at ACTC

    When Ashland Community and Technical College students return to campus Aug. 18, they will find fresh paint, clean windows and pressure-washed brickwork on the college’s original building on College Drive.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Night Moves on tap for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairview school district being investigated

    State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.

    July 30, 2014

  • Advisory committee on landfill to meet

    Members of the county’s new advisory committee regarding Big Run Landfill enforcement are encouraged to attend the group’s first meeting next week.
    Committee facilitator Mike Clevenger of Cannonsburg said the panel will meet the first Monday of each month, starting next week. For now, all meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyd County Community Center.

    July 30, 2014