Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Energy Assistance
Kentucky receives $1.5 million in federal funding
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that $1.5 million in federal funding has been released to Kentucky to help low-income families pay for home heating.
“It’s not too early to prepare for the colder months, and this funding will ensure that the families who need help paying their utility bills will have it when winter arrives,” Governor Fletcher said.
The federal government released $131 million for states’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP). The Cabinet for Health and Family Services administers the program in Kentucky through a contract with the Kentucky Association for Community Action (KACA). Benefits are disbursed through local Community Action Agency (CAA) offices.
“The federal government recognizes the importance of providing families with a basic resource like home energy,” Governor Fletcher said. “Our administrators do a wonderful job of ensuring that the eligible households that can benefit most – seniors, the disabled and families with young children – are encouraged to take advantage of it.”
Information on LIHEAP is available from CAA offices or the KACA, toll free at (800) 456-3452. Operators cannot take applications over the phone but can direct callers to local CAA offices. Families may also log on to www.kaca.org/agencies/find_office.asp to find CAA offices. Learn about LIHEAP at http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/LIHEAP.htm.