LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Income-eligible residents of Louisville now have more time to apply for funding to help with energy bills, thanks to an extension of the deadline for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The former deadline of March 29 was recently pushed back to April 30 by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which administers the LIHEAP program through a network of 23 Community Action Agencies across the state.
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that provides assistance to individuals or families struggling to pay their electric, natural gas or other energy bills. The current phase of LIHEAP, called the “Crisis Component”, assist households that are in a home energy crisis and that are facing disconnection from their utility services. Also again this year, residents who have received a current LG&E bill with a Past Due Balance may be eligible to apply.
“The extended deadline is great news,” said Eric Friedlander, acting director of Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, which administers LIHEAP locally as Louisville’s community action agency. “Our goal is that everyone who is eligible for LIHEAP, and in need of assistance, apply for this program.”
LIHEAP Crisis operates on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted or through April 30, 2019, whichever comes first. Benefits provided by this program are paid directly to the applicant’s heating vendor.
To apply, residents must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at www.louisvilleky.cascheduler.com at one of six LIHEAP locations. The toll-free service is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Applicants must be a resident of Jefferson County with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines (e.g. for a household of four, the gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,720.00).
Applicants must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
- Disconnect notice from utility service provider, or
- Current bill with a past due amount, or
- Eviction notice if utilities are included in the rent, or
- Bulk fuel is within four days of running out; or
- Pre-paid electric services are within ten days of running out.
Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send an authorized representative on their behalf with a signed, written, note including the applicant’s name, address, phone number, Social Security Number, and the name of the designated representative. The authorized representative must provide a picture ID to verify they are the person designated in the note. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.