The crisis component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is set to begin on Monday, Jan. 8. The Crisis component is designed to help poverty level families and individuals pay heating bills if they are in danger of losing their primary source of heat as a result of being unable to pay their bill.
The crisis component is will accept applications through March 31, or until funding is exhausted.
A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis if the household is within four days of running out of bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene or wood) as the primary heating source; the household has received a past due/disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source, or the household's home heating costs are included in the rent and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent.
To be eligible for the Crisis assistance, households must meet federal eligibility income guidelines and verify that a heating crisis exists.
For more information, contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program in your county. In Pike County (606) 432-2775; Martin County (606) 298-3217; Magoffin County (606) 349-2217; Johnson County (606) 789-6515 and in Floyd County (606) 886-2929. Applications will be taken on a first come/first serve basis.