Pre-registration begins for LIHEAP program despite shutdown

Pre-registration begins for LIHEAP program despite shutdown

Pre-registration begins for LIHEAP program despite shutdown

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 6:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Early registration opened Tuesday for LIHEAP applicants who are elderly or disabled in Jefferson County. But now that the government is partially shut down, there is uncertainty for what this will mean for thousands of applicants.

Dozens of people stood in line outside the Newberg Community Center  Tuesday waiting to register for heating assistance as winter weather is only weeks away.

“Anyone who meets the criteria who is income eligible and elderly or disabled can apply,” Debbie Belt, with the Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership, said.

Any Jefferson County resident who falls within 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline is eligible.

“For a family of four, it’s about $2,600 a month gross income or less,” Belt said. “So we are really talking about families who are struggling to make ends meet.”

LIHEAP is federally funded and if the government shutdown continues into November, the 11,000 Jefferson County residents who use the program could be affected.

“It could be impacted,” Belt said. “We are used to looking at contingencies if we need to hand out letters informing people benefits are contingent on the funding received. We are used to finding ways to get the job done.”

It’s not clear how long the shutdown will last. But, Jefferson County officials say they will continue to accept registrations for LIHEAP applicants as normal.

Applicants must bring a social security card for each person in the house hold to the registration along with proof of income, the most recent heating bill or proof that utilities are included in rent and a photo I.D.

For registration locations people can call 311 or  click here www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/LIHEAP.htm

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