LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program

LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program with Crisis and Subsidy Components!!!

The KCEOC Community Action Partnership LIHEAP Program would like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for providing additional support to us and the families that we serve during this Pandemic! We hope that you and your families continue to be safe and wish you the best during these perilous times!

KCEOC will offer the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) during this time to provide assistance with alleviating high energy costs for low-income Kentuckians who live in Knox County. The LIHEAP program helps keep children and families comfortable, cool and warm during the tough summer and winter months.

Important Change: The LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program as part of emergency procedures will only offer applications by appointment only at this time. Appointments can be provided via curbside and electronic application processing. The KCEOC LIHEAP Summer Cooling Crisis and Subsidy Programs will continue operating with emergency procedures on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 and will end on October 30th, 2020 or sooner if funds are depleted. The programs will only be providing assistance for Electric usage.

Important Change: The LIHEAP Crisis Program as part of emergency procedures will be accepting past due notices from metered utility vendors. Applicants can apply with a late or past due notice if needed. The assistance provided will be 50% of the past due amount. The assistance provided will count toward the $600 dollar maximum crisis benefit. The income eligibility requirements have been changed to State Median Income. Please see the attached chart for more details.

To apply: An application by Appointment only which can be made from July the 1st through October 30th if funds are still available. Please contact KCEOC CAP LIHEAP at staff at 606-595-8062 or 606-546-3152 for more information or in order to schedule an appointment.

Note: In the event of electrical outage, computer problems, or other technical issues, the applicants will be scheduled within the next business day. Applicants with scheduled appointments are required to arrive within ten minutes prior to their appointment. Applicants who are late for a scheduled appointment can be rescheduled or seen as a walk-in on the same day. Applicant’s who are unable to keep their appointment should call and cancel within twenty four hours of their scheduled appointment. Applicants will be rescheduled for an upcoming appointment based on need and availability with the appointment being rescheduled for no later than three business days.

Other Notes: Please contact KCEOC LIHEAP staff for scheduling. The LIHEAP program will accept applications from 8:00 am till 3:00 pm. Disabled, Home-bound and seniors who need assistance applying may contact LIHEAP staff in order to request further application assistance. Location: KCEOC, CAP Main Office, 5448 North Highway, U.S. 25E, Suite A, Gray, KY 40734

LIHEAP Summer Cooling 2020 Fact Sheet

The LIHEAP Summer Cooling Program will consist of 2 (two) components, a subsidy style component and a crisis/emergency style component. The two components will run simultaneously.

• In general, the subsidy component will operate like a regular LIHEAP Subsidy and the Crisis/Emergency will operate like a regular LIHEAP crisis program. Specifics about each component are below.

• An applicant may apply for and receive one or the other, or both. Participation in prior LIHEAP Programs will have no effect on the applicant’s eligibility for the LIHEAP Summer Cooling programs.

• Both components will start Wednesday July 1, 2020. The components are expected to operate until Friday October 30, 2020, but either or both are subject to ending sooner (for example if funds are depleted.)

• Both components will use the 60% of State Median Income to determine eligibility (as opposed to Percent of Poverty).

Component 1: Summer Cooling Subsidy

Start Date: Wednesday July 1, 2020

Tentative End Date: Friday October 30, 2020 (tentative, ex. funds are depleted)

Eligibility: Up to and including 60% State Median Income (SMI)

Fuel Types Allowed: Electric Only

Number of times an applicant can receive a benefit in this component: only 1

Component 2: Summer Cooling Crisis/Emergency

Start Date: Wednesday July 1, 2020

Tentative End Date: Friday October 30, 2020 (tentative, ex. funds are depleted)

Eligibility: Up to and including 60% State Median Income (SMI)

Demonstrated Need: Applicants must be in a home energy crisis situation and provide a disconnect notice, an eviction notice for non-payment of rent (if electric costs are included as an undesignated portion of rent), or can demonstrate a late amount, overdue amount or that they are within 10 days of running out of pre-paid electric.

Liquid Resources: No limit

Maximum Allowable Benefit: $600.00 (electric only)

Maximum Number of Applications: Client can continue to come in each time they demonstrate a crisis situation until they have reached the maximum allowable benefit.

Co-Pay: None

Income Guidelines