Home Energy Assistance Update

Article By:  Ellen Leake, CSBG Director

Newsletter   |   Jan 14, 2019

This is the busiest time of year for the Community Services staff. We have just completed the Subsidy Component LIHEAP Subsidy, collaborated with other service organizations in our communities for a successful Christmas program, prepared the second quarter CSBG Service and ROMA reports, and began the LIHEAP Crisis Program.

LIHEAP Subsidy – In our eight-county service area, we assisted 3,482 families with home heating assistance in the amount of $475,625. This program began on November 5, 2018, and ran through December 21, 2018. The program proceeded smoothly thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff members. The number of applicants was down across the state, maybe due to the warmer weather.

LIHEAP Crisis began on January 7, 2019.We are in the process of completing the annual Needs Assessment Survey. An email link has been sent to the Board of Directors for their input. This survey information will be entered into a database for accurate compilation. The results of the Needs Assessment Survey will determine the work plan for the next program year. The information will also be available to other programs and to the community.

Wintercare – The Wintercare Program is available to families for utility assistance. These funds are donated by utility customers as they pay their utility bill, and sometimes matched by the utility company. This program is used for families who are over income for LIHEAP, but under 150 percent of the federal poverty level. These families are often the “working poor” that fall between the cracks in income level eligibility.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program in Breckinridge, Grayson, Marion, Meade, and Nelson Counties is available to families for utility and rent assistance.

Thanks to all of the staff members who work so hard to balance all of these different programs and assist those in need. Their extraordinary efforts are greatly appreciated. We have a great team!