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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 provide resources 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) Subsidy


 

An enrollment period for LIHEAP Subsidy will run from November 7, 2022, through December 16, 2022. The program is designed to help offset the cost of a household’s heating bill. 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 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the fuel vendor. Individuals should acquire and apply through their local Community Action Agency office.

The Subsidy component provides households a one-time benefit awarded based on a household’s income level, housing category, and heating fuel type.

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.

Funding provided by Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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LIHEAP Fact Sheet: English

LIHEAP Fact Sheet: Spanish

LIHEAP Fact Sheet: Arabic

LIHEAP Fact Sheet: Bosnian

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEA)


The Home Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications. Through partnerships with participating utility providers, Community Action Agencies accept applications for slot-based programs.

Limited slots are available based on utility, household county, and benefit type. Approved applicants are placed on a waitlist and may be prioritized for a slot if one is available in their county, and they meet all eligibility requirements. Applicants are selected from the waitlist based on lowest income first. An approved application is not a guarantee of a benefit.

The benefit months and benefit amount awarded to enrolled households varies based on the participating Utility Provider.

Participating Utilities Fact Sheets:

Eligibility:

  • Household income must be at or below 200% Percentage of Poverty
  • Must be an active residential customer of a participating utility with service connected at the residence where benefits will be credited
  • Must use electricity or natural gas as the household’s primary heat source.
  • Must provide the utility with access for monthly meter readings
  • Does not reside in a multi-unit single metered building
  • There may be additional eligibility requirements specific to the Utility Provider(s).

Duke Energy and Kentucky Power HEA Crisis Programs begin taking applications in January. These programs are first come, first serve programs that assist households who are facing crisis situations.


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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Health Insurance Enrollment


Community Action Kentucky’s local kynectors are ready to help you navigate the process of applying for health insurance. Our kynectors can work with you by addressing your concerns and assisting you in the enrollment process. Whether you need full Medicaid benefits or qualify for a special enrollment period for a Qualified Health Plan on the State Based marketplace, kynectors are here to help. Contact your local Benefits Specialist for full details.


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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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