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LIHEAP shuts down early this year after money runs out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Money to help low income residents with their heating bills ran out sooner than usual this year.

This year, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, gave $225 on average to more than 9,000 Louisville families. There was an especially high demand during the brutally cold winter in Louisville.

The money pays for late heating bills for low-income residents and keeps service from being shut off. 

"I am on a fixed income, and I am having a rough time making ends meet," said Mary Smith, a LIHEAP Client. "They were able to help me with $150. I was very grateful, because I was wondering where I was going to come up with the money."

The money is gone, but LIHEAP will still be there for clients. 

"We have a partnership with LG&E where we can help assist them, either set up a payment plan or get turned back on thru a hardship reconnect," said Brandon O'Neal, Director of LIHEAP. "We are also referring our clients out to neighborhood places."

Residents who are currently disconnected from utility services can still get help at any of the six LIHEAP locations through March 16.

Those locations are listed below:

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 West Market St., 40212
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
  • Southwest Government Center/Dixie Highway location. 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258

No LIHEAP funding will be available, but staff will contact LG&E to see if clients are eligible for payment help.

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