The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Subsidy enrollment will begin on July 16 and run through September 13, 2024.

Summer Subsidy Cooling Component is designed to help offset the cost of a household's electric cost related to cooling. Eligible Kentucky households will receive a one-time benefit, with the amount ranging from $50 to $250 based on income levels and housing categories.

Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the electric vendor.

Interested households should contact their local Community Action Agency office to apply. All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at the time of application: 

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household. 
  • Proof of income from the preceding month for all members of the household. 
  • Most current electric bill, statement from your landlord if electric is included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.

The Summer Subsidy DOES NOT require a disconnect notice, a past due bill, or eviction notice. The Subsidy benefit can be applied as a credit on your account. Assistance received during previous LIHEAP components does not affect household’s eligibility.

Community Action Kentucky (CAK) administers LIHEAP in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services who receive the funding as a pass-through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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A Crisis style utility assistance program provides benefits to customers to resolve a crisis, usually related to a hardship that the customer has experienced. For example, a customer may require assistance to avoid a disconnect, needs help with a past due balance, or needs help to pay their bill as the result of a natural disaster, medical emergency, and/or other hardship. Applications will be taken in accordance with HEA program guidelines. CAA’s can accept applications for crisis style programs during the following windows on a first come, first served basis until funds are expended: 



These utility programs are intended to provide assistance to households with their residential utility bills who are customers of the utility. This is an outline of the application process for all HEA Programs. Although the overall process is the same, each utility’s HEA Program may have additional eligibility criteria as described below and differ in benefit amounts and benefit months. This along with the benefit types as well as the initial number of slots available to each CAA at the start of the program year is provided by the utility at the beginning of the program year. Unused slots may be transferred between CAAs and/or between counties within a CAA to ensure maximum utilization of funds.  



Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc have partnered with Gateway Community Action to distribute Goodwill vouchers to individuals in need and provide them with a voucher that the client can exchange for goods at participating Goodwill stores. There are no refunds from Goodwill if the entirety of the voucher is not used. Vouchers will range from $25-$75 per household. In situations of a house fire, households would be eligible to receive up to $250 in vouchers.

Funding available January 1-December 15th.

Vouchers have no monetary value and can only be used for credit in participating Goodwill stores operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, Inc.  

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GOODWILL Voucher program

"With my husband getting laid off we were finding it hard to pay our bills. Thanks to Gateway's assistance, we were able to get some help on our electric. We will be forever grateful."

This project is funded, in part, through Community Action Kentucky (CAK), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

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