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COVID-19 Resources

The COVID-19 crisis and resulting efforts to rebuild Kentucky’s economy are deeply personal for all those involved in delivering upon the community Action Promise. In partnership with our Community Action agency members, Community Action Kentucky is dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve greater economic stability and improved health outcomes. Our collective network, which includes outreach offices in every Kentucky county, uniquely positions us to maximize our response to COVID-19 throughout the state. Below is an overview of the many programs and services that are currently available. We also encourage you to reach out to your local agency to learn about any location-specific services that may be available.

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Spring Subsidy


An enrollment period for LIHEAP Spring Subsidy will run from May 3 through June 30, 2021. The program is designed to help offset the cost of a household’s home energy cost.

Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The benefit amount awarded is based on a household’s income and primary fuel type. Benefits are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor in the form of a voucher. Individuals should contact their local Community Action Agency office to apply.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at time of application:

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.
  • Most current heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent, or a statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

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Kentucky Power THAW Program


Kentucky Power THAW Program has received additional funding and will be available through September 2021. Customers who previously received HEART or THAW benefits will be eligible to receive new THAW funds from May through September 2021. The maximum benefit a customer can receive will remain at $175 for this second round.
If you need assistance with your Kentucky Power bill, contact your local agency for details or to see if you qualify.

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CARES Act Program Funding


Thanks to additional funding made available through the national CARES Act relief package, Community Action Kentucky and its agency members are able to increase the number of people served through a variety programs and services. Enhanced service areas include food security, workforce development, transportation, home energy, early childhood education, senior support, emergency services, housing assistance, youth enrichment and more. Each agency’s programs and services are tailored to meet the individual needs of their communities. To learn what resources are available in your area, please contact your local Community Action Agency.


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Medicaid Enrollment


Due to the current state of emergency related to COVID-19, the number of individuals enrolled in Medicaid continues to grow. In order to accommodate the increase in Medicaid enrollment, Community Action Kentucky’s local kynectors can help navigate you though the process. Through an expanded Presumptive Eligibility (PE) enrollment process, our kynectors may be able get you qualified for Presumptive Eligibility Medicaid, full Medicaid benefits or a special enrollment period for a Qualified Health Plan on the Federal marketplace. Contact your local Benefits Specialist for full details.

 


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Kentucky Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)


Kentucky Cabinet or Health and Family Services

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) provides a card families can use to buy food to replace free school meals for students participating in virtual learning for five or more days. Enrollment is automatic for children eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals at schools participating in National School Lunch Program and for all students in Community Eligible Program schools.

Households already receiving SNAP benefits will be issued P-EBT benefits on the head-of-household’s existing EBT card for all eligible children. Students who do not receive SNAP benefits will receive P-EBT benefits on the previously issued card.  If a student never has received P-EBT stimulus benefits, a new card will be mailed to the address on file with their school.


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Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund


Kentucky Housing Corporation

Team Kentucky’s Healthy at Home Eviction Relief Fund assist Kentuckians with rent and utility assistance, dating back to April 2020.

Governor Andy Beshear announced Thursday, February 11, that Kentucky recently received $297 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to help prevent evictions for renters impacted economically by COVID-19.

Funding from the U.S. Treasury was sent to three Kentucky jurisdictions – the state of Kentucky, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government. All three programs will offer the same rent assistance to approved applicants – 100 percent of past-due rent, dating back to April 2020, and up to three months of future payments.

Apply in Lexington-Fayette County:          covid19renterhelp.org   
Apply in Louisville-Jefferson County:       stopmyeviction.org
For all other counties:                                       teamkyhherf.ky.gov

Those applying through the Team Kentucky and Fayette County portals can also apply for help with past-due and future utility bills.  Jefferson County’s separate utility relief program is available via another link on its website.

The teamkyhherf.ky.gov application allows for third-party applicants. Friends, family members, landlords and others can help tenants complete an online application.


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