Hundreds lined up for heating assistance

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

It is officially freezing in the mountains, which means people are turning their heat on and up to stay warm.

LKLP provided nearly 200 people with heating assistance today in Perry County.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, gives people vouchers to assist them in heating their homes.

The program provides heating assistance for low-income families no matter how they heat their homes.

"We're assisting with their electric if they have disconnect notice or a disconnect notice on their gas, like their natural gas. We're helping with propane, wood, coal, and kerosene," said Judy Keen, the Perry County CSBG officer manager.

A voucher, depending on household size and income, covers a majority of their heating bills.

Hundreds lined up to receive this assistance while the funds last.

"It's a real good thing for anybody that needs it. And there's quite a few in there that needs it," said Daniel Holland, who lives in Hazard.

LKLP employees say they see the same clients every year, but this year many new faces came through their door.

"It is a need. A lot of our families are low income and kind of depend on this program to get free amounts of money," said Keen.

LKLP also provided coats and food for families who need further assistance this winter.

LKLP employees say the program's main goal is to get people out of crisis by providing them with a basic need.

"It's a tremendous help to all of us. We're all here for the same thing, for assistance," said Troy Combs, who receives heating assistance every year.

Assistance to keep their families warm this winter.

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