More Heating Help Available For Low-Income Families

It's a move that Governor Beshear hopes will keep low-income Kentucky families warm this winter.

With heating costs expected to go up once again, he says more financial help is coming to those families.

That's because the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, just got a big boost. Kentucky families who qualify will receive a 40 percent increase in their subsidy, compared to last year.

The increased subsidy is part of a significant funding hike this year - $75 million - from the federal government.

"LIHEAP is a wonderful program that provides a vital service for Kentucky families in need," said Gov. Beshear. "With the news that we'll be receiving more funding than we had initially anticipated, even more Kentuckians will benefit, meaning more Kentuckians will stay warm this winter."

Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) disburses funds to Community Action Kentucky, which in turn processes applications from families requesting assistance and contracts with vendors for delivery of fuel.

For more information, visit www.kaca.org or call 1-800-456-3452 to find a local Community Action Agency.


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  • by Daniel Location: Lex on Nov 10, 2008 at 07:13 AM
    I work three jobs to stay ahead in life for my family and I. I guess I should quit one or two of them so I can let the government take care of my heating bill for this winter. Jobs are out there people! You just need to quit being lazy and sponging off the rest of us. I can understand the elderly living on a fixed income but those who are young and able bodied need to get off their butts and work! I'm tired of cyclical welfare and social programs. Grandma and Mommy lived off of it therefore, the next generation feels they should do the same since that is all they know. I'm tired of lazy, irresponsible people.
  • by Carry Ann on Nov 10, 2008 at 04:30 AM
    You have heard the ol saying "give them a fish and they can eat,teach them to fish and they can feed them self for a life time.Well, buy them a pole axe,they wil cut fire wood or frezze.Thats the way I get mine.
  • by c Location: fkt on Nov 10, 2008 at 03:38 AM
    All I can say is at least our people are getting the help. The government could be sending BILLIONS more to other countries to help them and let our own people freeze to death! That's what the govt is good at...sending all our tax money to other countries INSTEAD of helping our own. I say help those here first, THEN & ONLY THEN HELP OTHER COUNTRIES! But I must say, it would be nice if our big brother could see fit to help the working people too. It's okay to help the elderly & disabled, but after that, if they cannot help all of us, then don't give it to anyone else but the elderly (65 & older) & the truly disabled. Let's be fair about it. However, since our govt can send BILLIONS overseas to help those people, I see no reason why they cannot help everyone of us with at least a $1000 each. After all, we are the ones paying for it all. The only thing they have to do is: stop sending our money to other countries! It's simple really!
  • by Kelly Location: KY on Nov 9, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    Denise, what about those who could afford to keep their children warm when they were born but things have happened where living day to day is harder now? Ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, someday you might need help too?
  • by me Location: here on Nov 9, 2008 at 07:45 PM
    yea i made the choice to have kids but i didnt make the choice to have a special needs child... and i do pay my way i dont get help from this program but if i needed it i would ask!!!! i pay 4 alot more than food and clothes and so on ever think bout that
  • by jesusislove on Nov 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    TO ANONYMOUS IN KY, THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE IN KY THAT NEEDS THIS HELP. PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST JOBS OR CAN'T GET HIRED RIGHT NOW WE ALL WASN'T BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON LIKE SOME. OR IT WAS STOLE AND LEFT TO THEM FROM AN INHERITANCE SOME PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HAD TO WORK A DAY IN THERE LIFE. AND THEN HAVE THE NERVE TO TALK ABOUT POOR PEOPLE!!! TRYING TO GET A LITTLE HELP!!! SOME PEOPLE OR TO CHECK THYSELFS BEFORE PUTTING PEOPLE DOWN!!!!!
  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Nov 9, 2008 at 06:15 AM
    Wilhemakeit, The 4 years don`t start until Jan. 20. Me, these young people made the choice to have the kids, food, clothes, and diapers have always been part of life,they should know that. Life is paying your own way.
  • by Julie on Nov 9, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    To "wilhemakeit": this program isn't the start of "anything". LIHEAP has been operating for over 20 years...through many administrations! Also, this program does help the working people. A lot of people do qualify for this program and it helps thousands in our communities. I work with this program and I know what it does. Funny how those people that don't just want to criticize. Sometimes we have to get over our frustrations with government and appreciate the programs that really do help Kentuckians (and other states too).
  • by john Location: ky on Nov 9, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    to posted by wilhemakeit;why does it matter if it comes out of our tax money? if people need help i would rather see my tax money going to help thes people than a lot of other things they are spending it on.i am lucky i dont need help but others do.so stop crying and be glad you dont need help.
  • by Denise Location: Pikeville on Nov 8, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    Too many people have children and draw a check that get this. If you can't afford to keep one child warm, don't have any more. There is a way to stop this, make everyone take a drug test. People who work have to, they should too! The only truely disabled and elderly deserve my tax dollars!
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