Low to moderate income Warren County and Bowling Green residents can receive help from the Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc. This non-profit, community service agency maintains and administers approximately 40 program facilities across the area, and they offer numerous resources in the 10-county area they service. They have several offices and locations around the county, including one at 200 East 4th St. Bowling Green, KY 42101. You can also dial (270)783-4484 for more information.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP): This is offered by many community action agencies, and the program was created in back 1983 to expand and supplement the work of local charities and social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic and financial emergencies. Your personal situation will be reviewed, and if you are accepted into the program you can receive assistance with paying utility bills, housing, food assistance, or rent.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Subsidy program (LIHEAP): This organizations tries their hardest to assist all eligible households, including low and moderate, elderly, and the disabled with paying for their home heating bills by providing them with a one-time benefit or cash grant. You are eligible to apply each year around November.
Most years applications for the LIHEAP Subsidy program will be taken at your local Community Services office in Warren County Kentucky, or you may also be able to apply at designated sites located in each county from early November 2, 2009 to mid-late December.
Usually over 1000 families participate just from Warren County, and in total several thousand will receive aid in the 10-county region that is covered by Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc. Thousands always are receiving assistance through the LHEAP program each and every year.
The subsidy portion of the program is intended to provide help to anyone who qualifies and for people who need assistance with paying heating bills and costs.
If you apply and are accepted into the program, the money and or grants you will receive will be sent directly to the consumer’s utility or gas company. The money is not sent to the applicant. After the money is sent to your energy company, it is transferred to that person’s account and used as payment toward the consumer’s monthly energy bills. On average, people who participate can get anywhere $34 to $270 total in assistance for their bills.
Emergency Assistance from the LIHEAP Crisis program: In addition to the subsidy aid mentioned above, the organization also strives to assist eligible households who are experiencing a home heating crisis during the January through March timeframe.
The federal funded LIHEAP program will always offer a crisis portion, which will typically run from Jan. to the end of March each year. The crisis portion is really focused on providing assistance to people whose heating and / or gas bills are past due, for people who have received a utility service disconnection notice or if they are within four days of being without their primary heating source, such as propane, kerosene or wood. It can also help people who are about to run out of fuel, heating oil, or other energy sources.
Weatherization and CARES: This is another federal government funded program that helps people save on and reduce their heating bills. It will provide benefits to eligible households in the form of free energy conservation improvements to the home. The improvements are intended to reduce a home’s energy costs and as a side benefit to give the occupants of the home a healthier and safer living environment. Learn more on weatherization.
Child Care and Assistance Centers: This can provide free or discounted health care. It can strengthen both parent and children by providing constructive, high quality child care for children who are six weeks of age and older.
The above is just a sampling of the assistance programs and resources offered to Warren County and Bowling Green Kentucky residents from Community Action of Southern Kentucky. Find more details on services from CASOKY. Read more.
Bowling Green Salvation Army - This is another place to turn to for help. While their operations are not very extensive, the center may have free food, holiday support or basic needs such as clothing. Rarely, for those that qualify, the non-profit will have very limited funding for paying bills such as rent or utilities. if the center can’t help you, then the case managers may have referrals or suggestions. More on Salvation Army Warren County.
Shelters and transitional housing along with related case management services is available from Barren River Area Safe Space. The non-profit provides assistance to women and children, including single parents or victims of violence. There is lodging offered in Warren County, free food, referrals to emergency financial support, and other guidance. Find help from Barren River Area Safe Space.
There are several food pantries and soup kitchens to turn to. They may not only have fruits, groceries, and items like baby formula, but the staff provide other support too. There may be small Christmas parties held with meals or toys, or applications to low income benefits such as SNAP food stamps. There are also snacks for children during the summer or often basic supplies available.
Some of the locations to try include Holy Spirit Conference as well as Churches United in Christ Help Ministry. But there are several other free food pantries too. Locate Warren County food banks.
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