Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program Crisis Funding Still Available

The local Pennyrile Allied Community Services (PACS) office is reminding the community that it’s not too late to sign up for their home heating cost assistance program.

Caldwell County CSBG Case Manager Nan Tackett says that their Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) crisis funding began at the start of January and is available until funds run out. She adds that assistance is for low income families or those who may have recently fallen on hard times and haven’t been able to make ends meet.

Tackett notes that the program can provide up to $400 per household, mattering on remaining funds, and can be applied to each individual bill, whether that’s for electric heat or gas heat.

She states that those who may be in need of assistance are required to provide certain information when they come to the local PACS office including proof of Social Security or Permanent Residence card for each member of the household and proof of all household members’ income from the month prior.

For electric or natural gas assistance a disconnect notice must be provided and if rent includes heat, a copy of the lease and eviction notice must be provided. For pre-pay electric, a statement from the utility company that shows the resident has 10 days or less of pre-paid electric service is required. For those using propane or kerosene, an account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources as well as current utility bill must be provided.

For more information about LIHEAP assistance, or to see if you qualify, you can contact the Caldwell County PACS office in Princeton at 270-365-5097.