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Signups begin for winter heating assistance

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some of the Metro residents in line to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. some of the Metro residents in line to sign up for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Deana Broyles Deana Broyles

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With temperatures in the 20s to low 30s, heat is on everyone's mind. Some people need a little help with that, so Wednesday morning those in Jefferson County who need assistance could start signing up for LIHEAP, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

"This does help through the winter months," said Deana Broyles, who has received help from LIHEAP for a couple of years. "That's a plus, that's a blessing you know, because you can turn everything off in the summer, but in the winter you have to leave it on, especially for your children and the elderly.

Residents of Jefferson County who need assistance can sign up January 2, 3 and 4 for an appointment for the Crisis Phase of LIHEAP. Signups times on January 2 and 3 are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on January 4 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Avenue.

The crisis phase of LIHEAP runs from January 7 to March 31.

"The LIHEAP crisis phase, it's helping to prevent disconnection or eviction if utilities are included in the rent," said Debbie Belt with the Department of Community Services. "So it's utility assistance for income eligible residents of Jefferson County."

Those wanting to sign up for an appointment need to bring a brown bill from LG&E notifying you of possible disconnection or a note from your landlord on their letterhead. Once you make an appointment you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Picture ID for head of household (if available)
  • Proof of all household income (all members) for the preceding month (food stamp award letter, Social Security award letter, pay stubs, etc). All individuals 18 or over in the household with no income - and who do not receive food stamps - must have a Proof of No Income form completed prior to applying for benefits (forms are available at the CAP office at 810 Barret or by clicking here).
  • Social Security card(s) or official documentation with social security numbers or Permanent Resident Card Numbers for everyone living in the household.
  • Most recent heating bill or verification from landlord that heating expenses are included in the rent (i.e., lease agreements).

Benefits provided by this program are paid directly to the applicant's heating vendor. 

Appointments can be held at any of the three locations:

  • Central Office - Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Avenue, Room 127, 40204; 502-574-1157
  • East Office - Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue, 40218; 502-574-1270
  • South Office - Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway, 40272; 502-574-1272.

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