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Laurel County assistance programs.

Housing, rent, and energy bill assistance and grants

Low to moderate income and other struggling families are receiving aid from the Daniel Boone Community Action Agency. This is the local, non-profit community action agency that services the people of London and Laurel County.

Wintercare:  Is a statewide fund that help with energy bills. The fund was created and is sustained by private donations and some matching government and private grants. This utility bill assistance fund provides utility bill assistance to low and moderate income households in the area.

Kentucky Utilities Home Energy Assistance Program (KUHEAP): Another fund that helps people with utility bills. It was established collaboratively between the Community Action Council of Lexington, KU Electric, and KACA. The assistance program provides families and customers whose primary heat source is KU electric with monthly grants and subsidies that are used to help pay bills throughout the winter and summer peak usage months.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): A federally funded program that will help qualified low-income households with meeting their home heating needs. This heating bill program is divided into two main components, one being “subsidy” and the other “crisis”. Subsidy will provide a one-time cash grant/payment for heating bills. On the other hand, the Crisis Component deal with emergencies, and it will serves clients who will be without their heating service within four days or if they have received disconnect notices for utilities.

The exact amount of aid provided will vary, however LIHEAP payment amounts for both components are determined by the applicants household income, family size, as well as the type of heat used in the home, and the payments are made directly to the vendors and energy companies. That being said, benefits will be limited to the amount that is necessary to relieve the crisis and bring the bill current, with the maximum amount not to exceed the local cost for a deliverable supply of the household’s primary heating fuel or $400 for an electric or gas bill.

In addition, the benefits can take many forms, including fuel deliveries, blankets, heating or utility service reconnection, or sleeping bags, the loan of space heaters and even free emergency shelter. Note that crisis relief will be provided within 48 hours or 18 hours if an emergency situation, so that benefit is immediate.





Clay County JobSight and Employment Assistance: This program will bring more than a dozen federal and state employment and training programs together under one roof to meet the needs of Clay and Jackson Counties’ job seekers. The goal is to improve peoples skills, and help them find a job. The Clay County JobSight brings an applicant all of their career needs and requirements, all in one place, all for free to the client.

Some of the resources and services available for job seekers include: career planning, job placement, skills assessment, vocational rehabilitation, education and training information, G.E.D. courses, student financial assistance, on-the-job training, and help with student loans. The Clay County JobSight also has a Career Resource Center where job seekers can prepare a resume, use computers for free, get information about labor markets and in-demand jobs, learn about skills needed in today’s economy, access the internet to look for jobs, free use of a photocopier, a fax machine, and access to helpful books and videos that range from successful job interview techniques to time management and networking.

Daniel Boone Child Care - People can get child care assistance from this resource. The community action agency has been providing quality child care to the general public for over 8 years. The child care center is located in Manchester, Kentucky and it can help almost 40 kids at one time. Service available at the facility include toddler care, infant care, and school age children (Age 0-12). The child care center is a fee-for-service center. The center operates on fees paid by the parents for service and subsidized payments from the state.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA): This housing and rent assistance program provides grants that can be used for rent, rental security and utility deposits, and other housing expenses. Aid is available to low-income households.

Stop by or contact the agency at 1535 Shamrock Road, Manchester, KY 40962, Phone:(606)598-5127, or find more details.

Goodwill of London operates a thrift store. This is where families can buy affordable household items, including clothing or Christmas toys for children. The faith based charity offers various services for the homeless and poor. The location of the store is 829 South Main Street, London, Kentucky 4074, or call (606) 877-1138.

Grace Fellowship Food pantry is located at 58 South Laurel Road, and can be called at (606) 864-4884. There may be a free box of groceries or non-perishable goods for people that are struggling from Laurel County.



By Jon McNamara

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