LIHEAP Program Open: Assistance for Low-Income Households in Kentucky

Kentucky residents in the Louisville area facing challenges with utility bills now have an opportunity to seek financial assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The 2023 LIHEAP Fall Subsidy Phase, running from November 6th to December 15th, provides crucial support for low-income households in Jefferson County.

Qualifying for LIHEAP in Jefferson County

To qualify, applicants must be Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Eligible households can apply for both LIHEAP Subsidy and the MSD’s Emergency Wastewater Rate Assistance Program (EWRAP) in a single appointment. EWRAP offers a 30 percent discount on wastewater charges.

Appointments can be scheduled in advance using an automated scheduler. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for both LIHEAP and EWRAP, including providing proof of an active utility account with Louisville Water Company and MSD.

Application Process for LIHEAP Energy Assistance

Residents can apply for LIHEAP energy assistance by visiting any LIHEAP location during specified hours. Walk-ins are available on Fridays, and appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 502-991-8391. Eligible households are encouraged to apply for both LIHEAP Subsidy and EWRAP with a single appointment.

Applicants must bring necessary documentation for their in-person appointment. Mandatory documents include Social Security card(s), the last bill from LG&E, proof of total household income from the preceding month, and documentation for individuals aged 18 and above. The gross household income must fall at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines for LIHEAP eligibility.

Important Documentation Checklist

  1. Social Security card(s) or official documentation with Social Security numbers for everyone in the household.
  2. Last bill from LG&E, along with a copy of the lease or a statement from the landlord if electric expenses are included in rent.
  3. Documentation of total household income from the preceding month or evidence of no income.
  4. Proof of income for individuals aged 18 and above from the previous month, including check stubs, SSI/Social Security Award letter, or Unemployment Check Stub.
  5. Individuals with no income must have a Proof of No Income Form completed.

Ensuring all required documents are brought to the appointment is crucial for a smooth application process. LIHEAP provides valuable support to low-income households, and residents are urged to take advantage of this assistance during the Fall Subsidy Phase.

Stay informed and seek the support you need to manage your energy bills effectively through the LIHEAP program.

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