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Federal Low Income Heating Program Accepting Applications Wednesday

By Alan Lytle


Lexington, KY – A federal program that helps low-income families stay warm through the winter begins again this week. Alan Lytle has details.

Assistance agencies begin taking applications for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (aka LIHEAP) on Wednesday.

Charlie Lanter, Program Development Manager for Lexington's Community Action Council says the crisis component of LIHEAP is for those who have already received a shut-off notice from their gas, electric, or bulk-fuel provider.

"We're going to have probably around 1.7 million dollars, which sounds like a lot. But that's about 250-thousand dollars less than we've had in the previous years."

Lanter says applications for the funding could come in slower this year because of recent unseasonably warm temperatures. The Community Action Council has several offices in Lexington, plus Paris, Cynthiana, Carlisle and Millersburg.