The Community Action Council plans to help more than 6,500 low-income households with energy bills this winter. Natural gas price hikes have contributed to nearly a 30 % increase in applicants for the 2008/2009 season.
Applicants who need financial assistance from the LIHEAP (Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program) must meet qualifications based on monthly income.
Jack Burch, Executive Director for the C.A.C., says, "For a family of 4...If the income is $2200 a month or less then that family is eligible."
There are several sign-up locations around Lexington, including one on Georgetown Road, Cardinal Valley, and at Buckhorn Plaza.
Persons needing assistance this winter are urged to call 1-800-244-2275.
Donations can also be made at the Community Action Council or through the Winter Donation box on most energy bills.