LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- For many Kentucky families, turning the heat on in the home can be costly, but with help from a Lexington group, those monthly expenses can be covered in full.
Monday marked the start of the Community Action Council's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program says they expect to see more people than ever apply for assistance.
In the winter months of 2016 and 2017, the council says they provided the one-time benefit towards energy bills for 3,400 families and cost about $400,000.
Cameron Minter with the council says they are preparing for the heavy flow of applications coming to their seven Kentucky offices.
"With the mild winter we had last year, our numbers kind of dropped off a bit, but we do expect a hard winter this winter. So, we're just preparing and hoping that we'll keep our eye on our neighbor," said Minter.
To apply for assistance they ask that you bring proof of social security numbers for each member living in the household along with birthdates, proof of income for everyone over the age of 18 living in the home, most recent heating bill, and a photo ID of the applicant.
Applicants can also schedule an appointment by completing the online pre-application at www.commaction.org or by calling any of their offices in Lexington, Paris, Carlisle and Cynthiana.
All applications are due by December 15.