Big Sandy Area Community Action Program  is offering pre-registration for the subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 21, and last until Nov. 1.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers.

“The elderly and the disabled have less mobility and it’s harder for them to stand in long lines,” Thacker explained. “Pre-registration should cut down on those long lines and help more people access the services.”

Thacker added, “We want to stress that, although we’re offering the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Monday, Nov.4, the first day of the subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after Nov. 4.”

Pre-registration is available to applicants who receive a fixed income and are either 60 years of age and above or have disabilities.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age and on a fixed income.

In addition, to qualify for the subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

•Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract)

•Proof of physical address, such as a metered utility bill

•Proof of household income for prior month

•Birthdates for all household members

•Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Oct. 21:

Floyd County

60 Court Street

Allen

606-874-3595

Johnson County

230 Court Street

Paintsville

606-789-6515

Magoffin County

131 Church Street

Salyersville

606-349-2217

Martin County

387 E. Main Street

Inez

606-298-3217

Pike County

478 Town Mountain Road

Pikeville

606-432-2775

All other applicants may begin applying for subsidy on Monday, Nov.4, through Friday, Dec. 13. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name.

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

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