Molly Thomas, Program Director
COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
Molly Thomas, Director
Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc. administers the Community
Services Block Grant through a contract with the Cabinet for Health and
Family Services, Department for Community Based Services.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is designed to provide
services and programs that directly and indirectly address the needs of
the low-income consumer, through a network of other neighborhood-based
organizations, for the reduction of poverty, the vitalization of
low-income communities and the empowerment of low-income families and
individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient.
project is funded, in part, under a contract with the Cabinet for
Health and Family Services from the Community Services Block Grant of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services".
LIHEAP Subsidy - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Pennyrile Allied Community Services, Inc. administers the
Subsidy, Crisis, and if funds permit, the Cooling phase of the
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program through the Cabinet for Health
and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services and the
Kentucky Association for Community Action.
The purpose of the LIHEAP program is to assist households with the
cost of home energy. The program is designed and is required, by
Federal Law, to pay benefits for households with the highest energy cost
and the lowest incomes, taking into account family size
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - Call 270-886-6341 for complete details.
Demand Side management (DSM) partnership program with Atmos Gas Company is intended
to provide low-income Atmos Gas residential customers assistance and advice
concerning energy efficient improvements specific to their homes.
program is offered at no cost to the participant. This program acts as a “piggyback” program in
conjunction with the PACS Weatherization program to ensure the most energy
saving measures are completed to conserve the greatest amount of energy. Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins,
Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties are served by CARES.
goal of this program is to reduce the energy usage of Atmos Gas residential customers. In order for one to receive CARES benefits,
one must be eligible for the PACS Weatherization program. The program guidelines are based on the 200% OMB
Poverty Guideline. These guidelines are
based on the number of people in the household and the allowable yearly income.
Kentucky Utilities (WinterCare)
Winter Car Fund, Inc. provides utility payment assistance on behalf of the
low-income families residing in the seven counties served by the Pennyrile
area. The WinterCare Energy Fund, Inc.,
a non-profit corporation , was established in July 1983 in order to implement
an agreement negotiated between Kentucky Utilities Company, Inc. which provided
that KU would solicit contributions for the low income energy assistance from
its residential customers. KU customers
are provided the opportunity to contribute to WinterCare through the company’s
regular billings for electric service.
Contributions received by KU are collected and submitted to WinterCare.
KU’s service are covers 78 counties throughout Central and Western Kentucky,
Community Action agreed to provide the administrative support necessary so that
WinterCare can provide assistance to low-income families residing outside
Community Action’s four county service area.
Since the original agreement, a number of utilities have signed
agreements with WinterCare, expanding it’s coverage, including Pennyrile Allied
Community Services, Inc.
be eligible for WinterCare services, applicants must meet a 150% Federal
Poverty Guideline set by OMB (Office of Management and Budget). This guideline serves as a guide to allow for
the number of people in the family and total family income.
receives the total direct contributions sent in to WinterCare from our area
during the months of November through May of each year. These funds come directly from the WinterCare
Energy Fund in Lexington, Kentucky. As
these are contribution only funds, the amount of available funds differs each
year. The maximum payment cannot exceed
$300.00 per household assistance period.
The WinterCare program funds are considered a “last resort” for
applicants. This program works closely
with the LIHEAP program to ensure services are not duplicated.