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Heating program taking applications for low income as long as fund exist

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SHEPHERDSVILLE-Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. begins operating the ÒCrisisÓ portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on January 13th, 2014.  The program is operated on a first come first serve basis and will continue until March 31st or until all of the agencyÕs Federal funds are exhausted.  LIHEAP assists households that are in a home heating crisis.  The deepening of cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!  
      Last year over 1,100 residents of Bullitt County received financial assistance and emergency services from the LIHEAP Crisis component.

A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situationÊwhen the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and:
* the household is within four (4) days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source;
* the household has received a past due/disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or
* The householdÕs home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent from the landlord.  
* Pre-Paid Electric customers are eligible to receive LIHEAP assistance if they certify that they have 10 days or less of pre-paid electric remaining.      
For all bulk fuels (wood, coal, propane, fuel oil, kerosene) verification of a crisis situation may be self-declaration by the applicant.  For natural gas and electric heated households, the applicant must present an appropriate disconnect notice from the utility company.
      Applications will be taken at convenient CAP locations in each county. Applicants are encouraged to apply at the location nearest to them in their county of residence.   Days, hours of operation, locations and telephone numbers are listed below:
        Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc.
        214 Frank E. Simon Avenue
        Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
        502-543-4077
        Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.
      LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). This project is funded under a contract with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
      Mission Statement: The mission of Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. is to improve the quality of the lives of senior citizens and low income persons by coordinating access to vital resources and services.
      www.mpcaa.org