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Federal Funds Released For Kentucky Heating Assistance

By Associated Press

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky is receiving $24 million in federal funding to help low-income families stay warm this winter.

State Department for Community Based Services Commissioner Pat Wilson says households that include seniors, the disabled or young children should take advantage of the assistance, known as Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Programs, or LIHEAP. It is a short-term program that operates its first phase in November and December and is available to customers at or below 130% of federal poverty guidelines.

Applications for the subsidy phase of the program will be accepted at all community action agencies from Monday through Dec. 16, alphabetically based on the first letter of the household's last name. The crisis phase is for families in a home heating emergency and starts Jan. 4.