Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green County assistance programs.

Casey County Community Ministries (859-233-1391) is a partnership of local churches in the region that focus on helping the less fortunate. Get access to free food, information, a thrift store, and access to non-financial aid and support.

The leading agency to call in this Central/Southern Kentucky region for assistance is the non-profit Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc. They focus on helping the low income and less fortunate. They do so by offering access to short term financial assistance, and at the same time clients can work with counselors to get back on their feet and reestablished over the longer term. Some of the programs and resources administered include.

Increase income or find a job - Several resources are available to help the unemployed or people with a lower income either find a job or increase their income. Look for jobs through Kentucky Department for Employment Services, interview and/or resume services, and even get access to clothing.

Rent, utility, and housing - A couple different programs and services are offered. They include the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which offers funds and grants may be used to help the low income supplement feeding by paying for food, offer rent help and shelter (including transitional sheltering). There may also be loans or additional money to directly pay rent/mortgage, security deposits and utility assistance. Another option is the Community Services Block Grant Program.

Money to pay energy bills - One option is the low income energy assistance program. The other is the Kentucky Utilities Home Energy Assistance Program (KU/HEA). The LIHEAP Subsidy Component is more of an ongoing payment stream, and the component begins in early November and runs approximately five to seven weeks of each and every year. There are income criteria and family size considerations when applying. Potential clients of LIHEAP do not have to be out of fuel or receive a notice of disconnection to qualify for energy help. The other part of LIHEAP is the Crisis Component, and this function begins in early January of each and every year and it continues through mid-March or until available funds from the program are expended. The home/apartment must be within four days of depletion of its energy source.





Another energy bill program Wintercare. Many community action agencies, include Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc., run this energy assistance program. Utility companies contribute to the Wintercare program and the money used to pay electric bills, connection and reconnection fees. Find other Kentucky utility assistance programs.

The last option is the Kentucky Utilities Home Energy Assistance Program. This can offer qualified customers credits on their monthly bills and expenses.

Weatherization - It starts with an inspection/audit of your home, and it may then lead to free energy saving enhancements. Including, but not limited to, caulking, insulation, repair of windows and doors, and infiltration measures.

Head Start - It is targeted at children, and helps ensure they are ready for school and to learn. The program is is a child-focused assistance program and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness, the health and nutrition, and other support of young children in low to moderate income families. The Lake Cumberland Head Start program welcomes children with disabilities and special needs. They can provide information on programs such as government food assistance.

Call the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, Inc., which offers services and low income programs for residents of Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, at (270) 343-4600.

Regional Salvation Army centers - They cover residents of two separate counties. The goal is to help families get on a path toward financial stability. During this journey, the programs that may help them range from summer camps for kids to holiday assistance, Christmas gifts, school supplies and meals. On occasion either emergency financial help or vouchers for clothes and more may be given out. More on the Burkesville and Columbia Salvation Army.



By Jon McNamara

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