Heating Assistance

Some South Central Kentuckians are worried about their energy bills now that the winter months are approaching.

Sandy Amos says the winter months are a tough time for her to pay her heating bills, so she has turned to Community Action's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.

She says: "This heating assistance program really comes in handy during the winter months when bills are a lot higher."

Community Action of Southern Kentucky is providing the program for those who are income-eligible.

Cheryl Allen, the Associate Director, says: "We're seeing more people come in for assistance and of course higher utility bills."

In order to apply clients have a meeting with community action staff members.

If someone is approved, Allen says: "We would provide a voucher to their utility company typically then we write one check to the utility company for all of the individuals that participate with that vendor."

Those at Community Action say they try to help as many eligible people as possible.

Sandy says every little bit helps, especially around the holidays.
"It usually shows up around December, which is a big help when you have all of your electric bills for Christmas for lights and stuff which makes your electric bill go up, so this really helps toward the gas, in my case."

The Warren County Assistance Office is at the old LC Curry Elementary school on Durbin Lane in Bowling Green.

In order to apply for assistance, you need to bring the name of each household member, social security card or permanent resident card for each member, written proof of gross household income for the previous calendar month, and a copy of your fuel bill.

An appointment is not necessary, but there are alphabetical schedule days.

For more information or to see what day you can apply, call
(270) 783-4484. You can also log onto www.casoky.org/main.shtml.