Up to $250 available to battle high winter heating bills

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The early mornings are filled with an autumn chill and soon it will be even colder. That has many already thinking about the dreaded heating bill.

Louisville's LIHEAP – or Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership - aims to help those who may struggle with their heating bills.

"I am not a summer person, I'm a fall and spring person," Tiffany Howard said.

But Tiffany Howard can already feel a change in seasons on the horizon and wants to get a head start on heating assistance.

"Anything helps especially if you are disabled and on a fixed income or elderly on a fixed income - anything helps," Howard said.

That's the priority group -- the elderly and the disabled -- that can sign up now for assistance through November 1st.

Sherry Leach isn't disabled, but her 20-year-old son suffers from many ailments, including cerebral palsy.

"He's my 24/7 full time job," Leach said.  "I've got to keep his thermostat at least at 72 because if he drops his body temp - his brain function isn't that good - and I have to keep that thermostat at 72 because if I don't, his body temp will start dropping and his heart rate will go below 40," Leach said.

Getting the money to accommodate those needs is easier said than done for this single mom.

"You got to put food on the table or pay the bills or try to make the heat bill and when it goes up and up and up you don't have a choice" Leach said.

That's where the program comes to the rescue - giving a maximum one-time payment to LG&E on your account's behalf of up to $250.

Lines were long on the first day of the pre-registration, and with more sessions, leaders want you to be prepared so you don't waste your time in line.

"This year we need a photo ID for everyone in the household 18 and over.  It used to be that we just needed it for the person applying but we need a photo ID for everyone 18 and older.  We need your most recent LG&E bill or if your utilities are included in the rent, bring a copy of your lease," LIHEAP organizer Debbie Belt said.

It is called pre-registration because if you are approved, the benefit won't be paid until November.  After November 1, the program opens up to all people who may have a financial need.  The amount you could receive varies depending on income, type of home, number of people in your home, and most recent LG&E bill.

You need to bring copies of your most recent income check or benefit, LG&E bill, social security card for everyone living in your home, and a driver's license for everyone 18 and older living inside your home.

For more information on the program, click here.

Early bird public schedule (ONLY for elderly & disabled):

October 6, 2010, 8:30 am – 1 pm
South Louisville Community Center
2911 Taylor Blvd., 40208


October 20, 2010, 8:30 am – 12 pm
Sun Valley Community Center
6505 Bethany Lane, 40272

October 7, 2010, 8:30 am – 1
Baxter Community Center
1125 Cedar Court, 40203

October 21, 2010, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Presbyterian Community Center
701 S. Hancock, 40203

October 8, 2010, 8:30 am – 1pm

California Community Center
1600 W. St. Catherine, 40210

October 22, 2010, 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Dumeyer Community Center
1644 Squires Dr., 40215

October 11, 2010, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Newburg Community Center
4810 Exeter Ave., 40218

October 22, 2010, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wilderness Road
8111 Blue Lick Road, 40219

October 12, 2010, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Flaget Community Center
4425 Greenwood Ave., 40211

October 25, 2010, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Allgeier Community Center
4104 Cadillac Court, 40213

October 13, 2010, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Portland Community Center
640 N. 27th St., 40212

October 25, 2010, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Oak & Acorn
631 S. 28th Street, 40211

October 14, 2010, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Beechmont Community Center
205 W. Wellington Ave., 40214

October 26, 2010, 9 am – 12 pm
Metro East Senior Center
(Christ Lutheran Church)
9212 Taylorsville Road, 40299

October 15, 2010, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Southwick Community Center
3621 Southern Ave., 40211

October 27, 2010, 9 am – 12 pm
1836 Heafer Road, 40223

October 18, 2010, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Shelby Park Community Center
600 E. Oak St., 40203

October 28, 2010, 9 am – 12 pm
Shively Senior Center
3901 Wayside Drive, 40216

October 19, 2010, 8:30 am – 12 pm

Parkhill Community Center
1703 S. 13th St., 40210

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