Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and Rep. Darryl Owens pre-filed a Bill that would provide $10 million dollars in assistance for emergency home heating. In a recent press release Rep. Adkins and Rep. Owens explained that because of the rising energy prices, imminent cold weather and a down turn in the economy, this assistance will be needed by low income families to make it throught the Winter.
The crisis component of LIHEAP serves household that are at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines, are responsible for paying their home heating bills, have a disconnect or past due notice from their utility or are within four days of running out if they heat with bulk fuel. The program is operated by Community Action Kentucky through a network of 23 Community Action Agencies that provide socail services for low and moderate income families in all 120 counties of the state.
Rep. Adkins echoed Rep. Ownes' concerns. "Our first responsibility as legislators is to help protect families, seniors, and children wherever and whenever we can. Clearly there is an urgent need for added heating assistance, and we are going to work very hard to find a solution to this emergency situation in the upcoming legislative session."