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Heating assistance signups available   no comments

Posted at 11:49 am in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, has begun. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should contact the Community Action office in their county either online or over the phone between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year.  It operates in two components:  the subsidy component and the crisis component.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level and provide the following information:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

Appointments to receive LIHEAP service are being taken now. Appointments can be made online by visiting the agency’s website at www.bsacap.org/bookings. Choose the county you reside in. Pick a date on or after November 2nd and a time that would be best for you, add your contact details, and click “Book.” Bookings can also be reached through Facebook by clicking the “Book Now” button at the top of Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s page (@BSACAP), just under the cover photo.

Those without internet access can call the BSACAP service office in their county and book an appointment over the telephone. Please listen carefully to the menus options. The agency has been experiencing high call volumes and appreciates your patience.

  • Floyd County – 606-874-3595
  • Johnson County – 606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County – 606-349-2217
  • Martin County – 606-298-3217
  • Pike County – 606-432-2775

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 11.

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

The agency will also be providing the Healthy at Home Utility Relief program, which is for households that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, use electric or natural gas as their primary heating source, and have a past due balance or disconnect notice. Households must apply for LIHEAP funds first. Agency staff can assist households to find the programs that best fit their needs.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 30th, 2020

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Water, garbage bill payment assistance available   no comments

Posted at 1:31 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will begin taking applications for water, sewer, and garbage bill payment assistance on August 4, 2020. Assistance will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted. The program is available to residents in Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties.

The program will offer one-time payment assistance on a household’s water, sewer, and garbage bills with a maximum household benefit limit of $200. Not all households will receive the maximum benefit. Households that are billed for the utilities separately must present each of the bills at the time of service. The agency will accept bills with past due amounts.

The household income limit for this program is 200 percent of the federal poverty level. All income eligible households are encouraged to apply.

Two-hundred percent of the federal poverty level is a gross monthly household income of $2,127 for a one-person household, $2,837 for a two-person household, $3,620 for a three-person household, $4,367 for a four-person household, and $5,113 for a five-person household.

Applications will be completed by appointment and over the phone or through electronic communication. Appointments can be made over the phone by calling 1-877-792-2219 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or online by visiting www.bsacap.org/bookings.

Individuals seeking assistance must meet income eligibility requirements and be able to provide the following information:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT water/sewer/garbage bill(s), statement from your landlord if utility expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL water, sewer, and garbage utility accounts.

Documentation can be provided electronically or by fax. Agency staff will work with you to determine the best method for your household.

All vouchers are paid directly to the primary utility vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

This program is operated with funding provided to Community Action Agencies by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 29th, 2020

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Deadline Extended for Community Advocate, Academic Scholarships   no comments

Posted at 4:04 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program BSACAP is extending the deadline to submit applications for their annual scholarships to August 7, 2020.

Each year BSACAP distributes over $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County area. The nonprofit organization will be offering ten $500 academic scholarships and one $2,000 Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship. Scholarships are funded through the Community Service Block Grant.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is offered to students majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or related fields. Applicants must be in at least their third year of post-secondary study, must have a record of volunteerism, and must fulfill the requirements of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship application.

The agency will also be offering ten $500 CSBG Academic Scholarship to students in the area.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “We realize the pandemic may have placed a strain on some students’ abilities to gather the needed materials and meet the deadline, so we wanted to offer a little extra time so that no one would have to miss out because of coronavirus-related delays.”

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and are in need of financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Academic Scholarship.

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documentation to apply for the scholarship:

  • Meet income eligibility as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Provide proof of residency within the BSACAP service area via utility bill or piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days of application
  • Complete and sign an application available online or through staff
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines (Please contact a staff member to complete this portion via telephone)
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2020 semester/term
  • Write an essay on why they feel they should receive the award

Applicants who have earned a 4-year degree or are pursuing education levels of Master’s Degree and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible to apply.

For further information or to get an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program staff in their county via telephone or by emailing csbg@bsacap.org. Applications will be available online at www.bsacap.org/scholarships. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded no later than August 31, 2020.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office numbers are as follows:

  • Floyd County – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County –(606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – (606) 432-2775

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Written by Sarah Hill on July 23rd, 2020

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Electric bill payment assistance open for summer   no comments

Posted at 2:14 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will be taking applications for the Summer Cooling portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) now through October 30, 2020. The Summer Cooling portion of LIHEAP offers payment assistance for electric bills on a first come, first serve basis until funds are exhausted.

The household income limit has been raised to 60 percent of the state median income, which means more people can receive the benefits of the program. All income eligible households are encouraged to apply.

Sixty percent of the Kentucky state median income is a gross monthly household income of $2,020 for a one-person household, $2,641 for a two-person household, $3,263 for a three-person household, $3,885 for a four-person household, and $4,506 for a five-person household.

The agency will be able to provide some amount of assistance to income eligible households regardless of their bill payment status. “If you are up-to-date on your electric bill, have a past due notice, a disconnect notice, or an eviction notice if your electric is included in your rent, we will be able to offer you some type of assistance,” said Executive Director Wanda Thacker.

She explained further that taking advantage of the Summer Cooling portion of the program would not affect a household’s ability to qualify for future seasons and cycles of the program. “If a household is still income eligible in the fall or winter, they will still be able to get help then, even if they’ve received Summer Cooling funds.”

Applications will be completed by appointment and over the phone or through electronic communication. Appointments can be made over the phone by calling 1-877-792-2219 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or online by visiting www.bsacap.org/bookings.

Individuals seeking assistance must meet income eligibility requirements and be able to provide the following information:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT electric bill, statement from your landlord if electric expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL electric sources.

Documentation can be provided electronically or by fax. Agency staff will work with you to determine the best method for your household.

All vouchers are paid directly to the primary electric vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

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

Written by Sarah Hill on July 2nd, 2020

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Senior citizen employment program enrolling now   no comments

Posted at 3:34 pm in News

Enrollment is happening now for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at Big Sandy Area Community Action Program.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program is designed to help low-income people over the age of 55 to get the help they need to enter or re-enter the workforce. The free program offers job training, education, and the support people may need to find employment at a mature age.

The time spent in the program is dedicated to helping people dust off their skills, become more marketable job seekers, and perform paid community service work. Participants are paid to work 15 hours per week at a community service organization, such as offices of local government or law enforcement, senior citizens centers, animal shelters, childcare facilities, and others.

Program participants are able to learn computer skills and Microsoft programs as well as receive assistance with boosting their interview skills, soft skills, and resumes, all in the company of peers.

SCSEP Program Manager Mike Goble said, “There are people who join the program that worked for 50 years, retired, and then either needed or wanted to get back out there in the workforce. And then there are people who have never had a formal job before, but their circumstances changed and they need a little boost to help them prepare for work outside the home. We see all kinds.”

Goble said the program offers guidance tailored to each participant based on their current set of skills, needs, and desired workplace goals. “We take you as you are and try to help you get to where you want to be. And a lot of times, it just takes getting out of the house and being around people like yourself to get you started,” he said.

Participant spots are limited and Goble said that now is the time for mature people thinking of entering the workforce to get the training and the support they need so that they can be ready to fill positions as they open up again.

If you are interested in enrolling or have questions about the Senior Community Service Employment Program, you can call Mike Goble at (606) 789-6515. Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s SCSEP program serves Elliot, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Pike, and Rowan counties.

Written by Sarah Hill on June 30th, 2020

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CARES Act Gives Additional Funding for Head Start Program   no comments

Posted at 1:27 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) Head Start has received $978,113 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. These funds will support Head Start services to low-income children under the age of 5 in the five counties of the Big Sandy Area, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike.

Nationally, $750 million has been designated for Head Start programs to support preventative, preparedness, and response activities related to the coronavirus through the CARES Act. Funds will be released directly to all 1,600 local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, including tribal programs, in every state and territory beginning this week.

“President Trump has secured more than $6 billion in funding to help supplement human services during this crisis,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “This $750 million for Head Start will help ensure that children and families who rely on the program continue receiving services like meals, health screenings, and pre-K education where possible. As we move toward safely reopening, it only grows more important that we support vulnerable families and children whose lives have been disrupted by the virus and its economic effects.”

“We know that investing in programs that use a whole family approach to learning and development can be pivotal to the success of children and families,” said Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families. “During this pandemic, it is important to support programs that enrich and enlighten children, families, and communities as they work towards their goals and make concentrated efforts to improve their future post the pandemic.”

With the health and safety of each child as the highest priority, BSACAP Head Start plans to use the CARES Act funding to safely resume services this fall through smaller class size and Healthy at School practices. All staff will be trained in infectious disease management and appropriate social distancing for preschool-aged children. In addition, BSACAP Head Start will be able to provide critical support to enrolled children and families, including mental wellness support and connection to community resources.

Learn more about BSACAP Head Start at www.bsacapheadstart.com.

Head Start is currently recruiting children and families for fall enrollment.

Contact us at:
Floyd County Head Start – 886-4555
Johnson County Head Start – 789-2511
Paintsville City Head Start – 789-2651
Magoffin County Head Start – 349-3488
Martin County Head Start – 395-5900
Pike County Head Start – 433-9315
Model City Head Start – 432-7448

Find additional information about Head Start programming specific to this public health crisis on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/coronavirus.

Written by Sarah Hill on June 29th, 2020

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Electric bill and home energy assistance signups end June 30   no comments

Posted at 1:57 pm in News

Income limit raised, no disconnection required

People who would like assistance paying their electric bill or other home energy costs are encouraged to apply for the subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action before the end of the month.

Anyone who has not received LIHEAP assistance since April 30 and meets the income guidelines is encouraged to apply. The income limit has been raised, so the agency is hopeful that they will be able to reach more people, including those who may have lost their job due to the pandemic. Disconnect notices are not required at this time.

The income limit has increased, so now a single person who made $1,595 or less last month qualifies,” explained BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker. “The income limit increases by $560 for every person in the house, so if two people are in the house and their combined income was $2,155 or less last month, then they can get assistance too.”

The agency also said that the extra $600 per week of unemployment funds that some people may be receiving and the Economic Impact Payments ($1,200 for adults, $500 for children) do not count as income for this program. “We really want to give as many people as possible the chance to benefit from these funds,” Thacker said.

Applicants should call the agency’s toll-free LIHEAP hotline to book an appointment: 1-877-792-2219. Appointments can also be made through the agency’s website at www.bsacap.org/bookings.

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

Written by Sarah Hill on June 18th, 2020

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Community Advocate, Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 12:01 pm in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes over $7,000 in scholarships to students in the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County area. The nonprofit organization will be offering ten $500 academic scholarships and one $2,000 Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship. Scholarships are funded through the Community Service Block Grant.

The Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship is offered to students majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or related fields. Applicants must be in at least their third year of post-secondary study, must have a record of volunteerism, and must fulfill the requirements of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarship application.

Eula Hall has lived her life as an advocate for the workers, children, and families of the region. She served with the Volunteers in Service to America, the Appalachian Volunteers, the East Kentucky Worker’s Rights Organization, and as president of the Kentucky Black Lung Association. She established the Mud Creek Clinic in 1973 to serve uninsured and underinsured people. The Mud Creek Clinic, now known at the Eula Hall Health Center, offers general clinic care, pharmacy, dental care, optometry, mental health services, patient transportation, public benefits guidance, and a food pantry. She has served on the BSACAP Board of Directors for more than 35 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “Eula Hall’s service to our organization and the service and leadership she has the people in our area is a shining example of what people in eastern Kentucky are capable of when they put their minds to it. The Community Advocate Scholarship is one way that we can ensure that Eula’s legacy continues, and we see a new generation of strong advocates for eastern Kentucky rise up and continue the fight against poverty.”

BSACAP will also be offering ten $500 CSBG Academic Scholarship to students in the area.

If you are a student entering or returning to college or vocational school this fall and are in need of financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Academic Scholarship.

Applicants must provide the following information and/or documentation to apply for the scholarship:

  • Meet income eligibility as determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Provide proof of residency within the BSACAP service area via utility bill or piece of first class mail postmarked within 30 days of application
  • Complete and sign an application available online or through staff
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines (Please contact a staff member to complete this portion via telephone)
  • Provide proof of a high school diploma or GED
  • Provide proof of cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better from last semester of high school or last completed semester of college
  • Provide two letters of reference
  • Provide proof of enrollment or acceptance in a post-secondary educational institution for the Fall 2020 semester/term
  • Write an essay on why they feel they should receive the award

Applicants who have earned a 4-year degree or are pursuing education levels of Master’s Degree and above are not eligible. BSACAP staff and family members of staff are not eligible to apply.

For further information or to get an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program staff in their county via telephone or by emailing csbg [at] bsacap [dot] org. Applications will be available online at www.bsacap.org/scholarships. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 31, 2020.

Office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Office numbers are as follows:

  • Floyd County – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County –(606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – (606) 432-2775

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Written by Sarah Hill on June 3rd, 2020

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Written by Sarah Hill on May 4th, 2020

Home energy assistance subsidy signups May 1 – June 30   no comments

Posted at 8:09 am in News

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will take applications for another round of energy/heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will be taken May 1 – June 30, 2020 on a first come, first serve basis, or until funds are exhausted. 

The program is designed to assist households with low incomes to pay their electric bills or assist with the cost of their heating fuel. Starting in May, the income eligibility limit for the program has been raised to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, meaning that a single person household with a gross income of $1,595 or less in the previous month can receive the assistance. The income limit increases by $560 per person in the household, so two-person household must have had a gross income of $2,155 or less in the previous month to qualify. 

It is important to note that funds provided to households through the CARES Act will not count toward the monthly income limit for this program. The extra $600 per week of unemployment funds that some people may be receiving and the Economic Impact Payments ($1,200 for adults, $500 for children) will not be considered as income for this program. 

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the spring subsidy component of LIHEAP.  

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household. 

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and will be asked to provide the following information when they sign up:  

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance, you MUST provide EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month. 
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program. 
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBERandNAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric. 

Applicants can book an appointment to sign up for the program through the agency’s website at www.bsacap.org/bookings. Applicants may also call the agency’s toll-free LIHEAP hotline in order to book an appointment: 1-877-792-2219.  

The agency can be reached by calling the BSACAP service office in your county. If callers are unable to reach a staff member, they are advised to leave a message with their name and number and state their interest in LIHEAP. Staff may also be reached through the agency’s website at www.bsacap.org/contact. 

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

Written by Sarah Hill on May 4th, 2020

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