LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) -- Pre-enrollment for the Subsidy Phase of LIHEAP (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) for elderly and disabled residents of Jefferson County resumes this Wed., Oct. 23. Early registration opportunities are only for Jefferson County residents within 130% of the federal poverty guideline who are elderly (60 years or older) or disabled receiving social security, SSI, pension or Black Lung benefits.
The remaining pre-registration dates and times are as follows:
Wed., Oct. 23
Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, 607 S. 37th St., Lou., KY 40211, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Thurs., Oct. 24
South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Blvd., Lou., KY 40208, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Fri., Oct. 25
Wilderness Road, 8111 Blue Lick Rd., Lou., KY 40219, 1:30-3:30 p.m. (check time)
Applicants must be willing to provide the following documentation:
• Picture ID for head of household (if available)
• Proof of all household income for the preceding month (food stamp award letter, pay stubs, etc.). All individuals 18 or over in the household with no income must have a Proof of No Income form completed prior to applying for benefits. (Available at the CAP office at 810 Barret or at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/LIHEAP.htm)
• 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).
LIHEAP, a federally funded program, was temporarily suspended last week due to a lapse of appropriations caused by the federal government shutdown. With the government now reopened for business, the LIHEAP program has been reinstated with the projected start date in mid-November. The seasonal staff who were furloughed last week in Louisville have now been called to return to their duties.
"We are relieved we can now move forward in assisting those individuals and families in need of this utility assistance in Jefferson County," stated Katina Whitlock, assistant director of the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization, which includes Community Action Partnership (CAP) which oversees LIHEAP locally.
All other residents of Jefferson County who are income eligible -- including any elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to attend one of the pre-registration sites -- will be able to apply for LIHEAP in November. Regular operations for LIHEAP Subsidy are slated to begin in mid-November and all applicants are required to make an appointment to help manage the volume of residents served.
Appointments will begin being issued, in person, at the Central CAP Office only at 810 Barret Ave., Room 127 on Nov. 7 - 8 between 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Nov. 11 between 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Starting Nov. 12, all three CAP offices will begin taking appointments between 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (except for Fridays at the Newburg site). Check for a complete listing of office locations.
Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send a representative on their behalf. Simply provide the representative with a hand-written note, dated and signed from the applicant, giving them permission to handle their application for services. The representative will also need to provide their photo ID (if available) matching the name specified on the applicant’s note, along with the applicant’s photo ID (if available), as well as the required documentation above that is required to apply for the services/programs.
LIHEAP is made possible by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. This program is also funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about Community Action Partnership – part of Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization -- visit our website at www.louisvilleky.gov/cap or call CAP at 574-1157 (TDD available at MetroCALL – 574-5000) or Community Action Kentucky at 1-800-456-3452.