PAINTSVILLE – Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) will be taking applications for the Crisis component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until March 31 or until funds are exhausted.
The Crisis component of LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income households experiencing heating emergencies.
Households are considered to be in a home heating crisis if the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the primary heating source; or the household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heating 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 Crisis assistance, households must verify their address, verify a heating crisis exists and meet federal income eligibility guidelines. Applicants also must apply in their county of residence.
In addition, applicants must present the following: Proof of household income for prior month; Birthdates for all household members; Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.
Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:
Floyd County, 60 Court Street, Allen, 606-874-3595;
Johnson County, 230 Court Street, Paintsville, 606-789-6515;
Magoffin County, 131 S. Church Street, Salyersville, 606-349-2217;
Martin County, 387 E. Main Street, Inez, 606-298-3217;
Pike County, 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville, 606-432-2775.
LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.