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Community Action Council helping low-income families with cooling assistance

Low-income families who need help staying cool this summer, can now apply for help through the Community Action Council.

The Community Action Council began serving low-income families with Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds Monday.

The money, which comes from the federal government, helps eligible families receive benefits to be used on their utility bills this summer.

The Community Action Council says hot weather has already placed high demands on its privately funded Summer Cooling program.

That program has already loaned around 100 air conditioners this year.

According to the Community Action Council, The LIHEAP Summer Cooling program will provide low-income households with a one-time benefit of up to $175 toward their electric bill.

To qualify, the household income must be at or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level, and households must pay home cooling costs directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent. The families must also have limited cash resources.

"Accessing these funds will help ensure that no one is left in the dangerous summer heat this year and that low-income households on a fixed income are not overwhelmed by high energy costs as a result of running their air conditioning," Charlie Lanter, Manager of Program Development at the Community Action Council said in a news release.

If you'd like to apply for assistance, you can do so at one of the Community Action Council's nine neighborhood and community centers in Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas counties.

For more information, call 859-233-4600, or click on the link attached to this story.

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