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Services and resources that provide aid

If you need help with heating bills, rent, weatherization, or home repairs the KCEOC Community Action Agency has several resources that may help you. They have several offices throughout the area, but the main office located at Barbourville, KY 40906 and the phone number is (606) 546-3152. Some of what they offer people in need include below. Contact them to learn more about these or other services, or to apply for help.

Homeowner Improvement and Rehabilitation Program - This will provide home rehabilitation and repair services through the use of both federal and state government grant funding and work group collaborations. The program is very extensive as both easy, moderate and even substantial rehabilitation projects are undertaken from housing repairs.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance - This is a service that provides rental security deposits only, or a combination of rental security and utility deposit assistance to low-income individuals. If you need rent help, the KY Hearth program may be able to provide you with grants.

Weatherization Services - A government funded program that will assist qualified households in Kentucky. Free upgrades and improvements will be made to homes that will help them reduce their energy costs by providing weatherizing maintenance to their homes. Weatherizing updates, which once again are free, include, but is not limited to services such as weather stripping, checking heating systems and sources of air infiltration, attic and floor insulation, heating systems diagnostics, and repairing doors and windows. Priority for the energy conserving services is given to elderly, disabled households, and also low income families.





Emergency Assistance Programs - The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides cash grants and overall energy assistance to eligible applicants with heating resources during the winter months. Funding is limited, and benefits will be limited to the amount that is necessary to end the crisis that the applicant is facing, with the maximum amount of cash grants provided not to exceed the local cost for a deliverable supply of the household’s primary heating fuel or $400 for gas or electric bills. In addition, other benefits may take the form of heating fuel deliveries, free heating oil, service reconnection, loan of space heaters, blankets or sleeping bags, and even put people in an emergency shelter if need be. Crisis relief will be provided within 48 hours or 18 hours if an emergency, so that relief is more immediate.

Project Winter Care - Assistance for eligible individuals and families with heating costs. The assistance is provided by resorting or maintaining the energy sources to their home, such as a furnace or hot water heater.

Emergency Food (FEMA) program - Provides emergency food aid for qualified households that are temporarily without food or are just about to run out of food.

Emergency Fund Service, Inc. (EFSI) - This is a program that encourages self-sufficiency of local residents by providing them with the opportunity to earn small amounts of emergency money and cash in exchange for volunteer service.





By Jon McNamara













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