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BSACAP Seeking Board Members   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on October 21st, 2019

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Heating assistance subsidy signups begin Nov. 4   no comments

Posted at 9:59 am in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, will begin Monday, November 4th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications will be accepted alphabetically by last name.

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.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them 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 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.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the 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.

Households should choose the date that contains the first letter of the head of household’s last name.

Nov. 4 – A Nov. 11 – Closed (Veterans Day) Nov. 18 – H Nov. 25 – M Dec. 2 – N Dec. 9 – S
Nov. 5 – Staff Day (Election Day) Nov. 12 – D, E Nov. 19 – H Nov. 26 – M Dec. 3 – O, P Dec. 10 – T
Nov. 6 – B Nov. 13 – F Nov. 20 – I, J Nov. 27 – Staff Day Dec. 4 – Q, R Dec. 11 – U, V, W
Nov. 7 – B Nov. 14 – G Nov. 21 – K Nov. 28 – Closed Dec. 5 – S Dec. 12 – X, Y, Z
Nov. 8 – C Nov. 15 – Open Nov. 22 – L Nov. 29 – Closed Dec. 6 – Open Dec. 13 – Open  (Last Day of Subsidy)

 

Applicants should bring their documents on their alphabetically assigned day to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply on their assigned day, contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217 
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 13.

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 October 21st, 2019

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BSACAP to start LIHEAP pre-registration for elderly and disabled on Oct. 21   no comments

Posted at 3:37 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is offering pre-registration for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, October 21, and last until November 1.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers.

“The elderly and the disabled have less mobility and it’s harder for them to stand in long lines,” Thacker explained. “Pre-registration should cut down on those long lines and help more people access the services.”

Thacker added, “We want to stress that, although we’re offering the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Monday, November 4, the first day of the Subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after November 4th.”

Pre-registration is available to applicants who receive a fixed income and are either 60 years of age and above or have disabilities.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age and on a fixed income.

In addition, to qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:

  • Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract);
  • Proof of physical address – bring metered utility bill;
  • Proof of household income for prior month;
  • Birthdates for all household members;
  • Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen
606-874-3595

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville
606-789-6515

Magoffin County
131 Church Street
Salyersville
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville
606-432-2775

All other applicants may begin applying for Subsidy on Monday, November 4, through Friday, December 13. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name.

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 7th, 2019

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Over $5,000 in scholarships given by local Community Action   no comments

Posted at 4:27 pm in News

$2,000 scholarship still available

Scholarship Winner

CSBG Scholarship Winners: Back Row – Evan Prince, Jacob Robinson, Elizabeth Chaffins, Pike County Community Resource Representative Dawn Stephens, Martin County Community Resource Representative Lori Smith. Front Row – CSBG Program Manager Alecia Conley-Knox, Kendra Caudill, Valina Stacy, Caitlyn Little, BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  This year six people from across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $5,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

The agency is also offering the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship, a $2,000 prize awarded to an individual who is majoring in Social Work, Human Services, Public Services, or a related field; has a history of volunteer work; is in at least their third year of study; and has a financial need.

Six Community Service Block Grant scholarships were awarded last week at the agency’s central office in Paintsville. These scholarships are available to students who come from Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties, who demonstrate a financial need, and who write an essay explaining why their education is important and why they deserve the scholarship. This year’s winners are as follows:

Kendra Caudill of Pike County is attending Big Sandy Community & Technical College where she studies Business Administration. Elizabeth Chaffins of Magoffin County is attending Big Sandy Community & Technical College where she studies Education. Caitlyn Little of Pike County is attending the University of Pikeville where she studies Nursing. Evan Prince of Martin County is attending Morehead State University where he studies Counseling. Jacob Robinson of Pike County is attending Big Sandy Community & Technical College where he studies Heating & Cooling. Valina Stacy of Pike County is attending Big Sandy Community & Technical College where she studies Industrial Maintenance Technology.

Wanda Thacker, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Applications are still being accepted for the Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship. Applications are available at any BSACAP office. The deadline to apply for the Community Advocate Scholarship is August 30, 2019.

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

Written by Sarah Hill on August 15th, 2019

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New program for justice-involved youth coming in October   no comments

Posted at 4:04 pm in News

BSACAP LogoBig Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is pleased to announce that an all-new youth program will be coming to the agency in October.

For over 50 years, BSACAP has been providing workforce services to the people of the Big Sandy Valley, and this October the agency will continue to provide dynamic and innovative programs with the addition of a Justice-Involved Youth Program.

This new program will target youth ages 18-24 who have been involved with the criminal justice system at some point in their lives. The program will provide mentorship, educational opportunities, and intensive one-on-one job and career counseling with the aim of helping young adults to recover from their mistakes, build a life they can be proud of, and make our communities a better place to live.

The program will be available throughout Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program’s (EKCEP) 23 county service area and BSACAP has been awarded the contract to administer the program in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program, call your local BSACAP service office at the end of September and find out how you can be involved in this exciting new opportunity.

Floyd County: 606-874-3595 or 606-889-1772
Johnson County: 606-789-3641
Magoffin County: 606-349-2217
Martin County: 606-298-3217
Pike County: 606-432-2775 or 606-433-7721

Written by Sarah Hill on July 31st, 2019

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Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship, CSBG Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

Posted at 3:42 pm in News
Eula Hall and Amy Combs

Eula Hall presented the first ever Eula Hall Community Advocate Scholarship to Amy Combs, of Garrett, last year. Combs studied to become a substance abuse counselor at Morehead State University.

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) distributes $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 at any BSACAP Community Services office
  • Complete a Family Profile according to CSBG guidelines
  • 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 2017 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 pick up an application, applicants may contact the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Services Office in their county. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 31, 2019.

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

  • Floyd County – 60 Court Street, Allen – (606) 874-3595
  • Johnson County – Johnson County Court House, 230 Court Street, Paintsville – (606) 789-6515
  • Magoffin County – 131 South Church Street, Salyersville – (606) 349-2217
  • Martin County – Roy F. Collier Community Center, Suite 203, Inez – (606) 298-3217
  • Pike County – 478 Town Mountain Road, Pikeville – (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 May 23rd, 2019

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Deadline for heating, energy assistance program extended   no comments

Posted at 1:37 pm in News

The deadline for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to April 30, or until funds have been exhausted. Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) will be taking applications for the extended Crisis component of LIHEAP at each of their county offices.

The Crisis component of LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income households experiencing heating emergencies. Households that have received their maximum benefit for 2019, may not re-apply.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said the agency has been granted more money this year to distribute. “We have already reached nearly 700 more clients this year when compared to last year, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to help even more people pay their electric bills and ensure their home energy needs are met.” Thacker said the April 30th extension will allow people the time needed to gather their documents and visit one of their county offices.

Households are considered to be in a home heating crisis if:

  • the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the primary heating source; or
  • the household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heating source; or
  • the household’s home heating costs are included in the rent and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent.

To be eligible for Crisis assistance, households must verify their address, verify a heating crisis exists and meet federal income eligibility guidelines. Applicants also must apply in their county of residence.

In addition, applicants must present the following:

  • Proof of household income for prior month;
  • Birthdates for all household members;
  • Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen, Ky.
606-874-3595

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez, Ky.
606-298-3217

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville, Ky.
606-789-6515

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville, Ky.
606-432-2775

Magoffin County
131 S. Church Street
Salyersville, Ky.
606-349-2217

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on March 28th, 2019

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LIHEAP Crisis Heating Assistance Available   no comments

Posted at 9:52 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) will be taking applications for the Crisis component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until March 31 or until funds are exhausted. 

The Crisis component of LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income households experiencing heating emergencies. 

Households are considered to be in a home heating crisis if: 

  • the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the primary heating source; or 
  • the household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heating source; or 
  • the household’s home heating costs are included in the rent and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent. 

To be eligible for Crisis assistance, households must verify their address, verify a heating crisis exists and meet federal income eligibility guidelines. Applicants also must apply in their county of residence. 

In addition, applicants must present the following: 

  • Proof of household income for prior month; 
  • Birthdates for all household members; 
  • Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.  

Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: 

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky. 

Written by Sarah Hill on December 28th, 2018

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Heating assistance subsidy signups end Friday, Dec. 14   no comments

Posted at 8:38 am in News

The subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will end this Friday, December 14th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county before 4:30 p.m. on 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.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them 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 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.

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

Applicants should bring their documents to the Community Action office in their county. If an applicant cannot apply in person, contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • Floyd County
    60 Court Street
    Allen
    606-874-3595
  • Johnson County
    230 Court Street
    Paintsville
    606-789-6515
  • Magoffin County
    131 Church Street
    Salyersville
    606-349-2217
  • Martin County
    387 E. Main Street
    Inez
    606-298-3217
  • Pike County
    478 Town Mountain Road
    Pikeville
    606-432-2775

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.

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 14.

The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 7th.

The crisis component has the same income eligibility as the subsidy component with the additional requirement that the household must have a “disconnect” notice from their utility company or they must self-certify that they are within four days of running out of their bulk fuel source such as wood, coal, kerosene or fuel oil. Benefit levels are determined by the amount needed to prevent disconnection or the amount needed to ensure a deliverable amount of bulk fuel. The crisis component operates on a first come first serve basis and will be in operation until March 31st or until funds have been expended.

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 December 5th, 2018

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BSACAP hires new executive director   no comments

Posted at 10:10 am in News
Wanda Thacker

Wanda Thacker

The Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Wanda Thacker has been hired as the new executive director of the agency. Thacker will take the helm starting Monday, December 3, following the retirement of longtime executive director Mike Howell.

Thacker joined the agency in 2002 and has served as BSACAP’s deputy director since 2005. Upon her appointment as Deputy Director, Thacker created the agency’s communications department, which included the formalization of the agency’s annual report and the institution of the Board of Directors Manuals, the agency newsletter, and our website. She also brought order and enhanced privacy to employee records by formalizing Human Resource processes and creating a distinct department for those processes.

During the burst of funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Thacker successfully managed both the Weatherization Assistance Program (approximately $3 million) and the Community Services Block Grant (approximately $1.5 million). Thacker also oversaw increased funding to both the Senior Community Service Employment Program and the Workforce Investment Act Program.

Vice-Chair of the BSACAP Board of Directors A.B. Conley said, “Ms. Thacker was an outstanding candidate for the position. She has been an invaluable part of the agency’s inner workings for a number of years and has shown the kind of talent and skills we need to keep moving forward. The board is confident that Ms. Thacker will be a wonderful executive director.”

Written by Sarah Hill on December 3rd, 2018

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