Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Opportunity Youth – Work Ready Events   no comments

Posted at 9:32 am in News

Written by Sarah Hill on January 4th, 2022

Tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Condolences for Victor Slone   no comments

Posted at 12:00 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Martin County Judge-Executive Victor Slone and the rest of the Martin County community.

Judge Slone served with us on the BSACAP Board of Directors for only a short time, but his commitment to the people of Martin County and the hope he carried for a better future for the area was evident. His service in local government and his involvement in projects aimed at improving the lives of his friends and neighbors is a testament to his character. He will be missed.

Written by Sarah Hill on January 3rd, 2022

Tagged with ,

Utility Assistance Appointments Booking January 3rd   no comments

Posted at 2:10 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) will open online and telephone appointment bookings for the Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) – both the Crisis and Subsidy Components – and the Crisis Component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning January 3, 2022.

Appointments for all three components are available now. Below is a timeline and brief explanation of each component:

  • Crisis Water Assistance – Applications accepted January 3, 2022 through June 1, 2022, or until designated funds are depleted. Applicants must provide at least one of the following: a disconnect/past due notice, disconnection notice, or an eviction notice for non-payment of rent (if water service cost is included in your rent). Benefits are limited to the minimum needed to alleviate the crisis, not to exceed $800. Households can reapply each time they experience a crisis until they have reached their maximum benefits ($800).
  • Subsidy Water Assistance – Applications accepted January 10, 2022 through June 1, 2022, or until designated funds are depleted. Eligible households can apply for a one-time water service benefit ranging from $300 to $400 depending on income level, housing category, and water service benefit type. No disconnect required. Participation in LIHWAP Crisis will not affect a household’s eligibility.
  • Crisis Heating Assistance – Applications accepted January 10, 2022 through March 31, 2022, or until designated funds are depleted. 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. Benefits are limited to the minimum needed to alleviate the crisis, not to exceed $600. Households can reapply each time they experience a crisis until they have reached their maximum benefits ($600).

All appointments will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. You may book an appointment for Crisis Water Assistance ALONE until January 10, 2022. Beginning January 10, 2022 a single appointment will cover all three assistance programs or any needed combination.

Households must meet eligibility requirements and be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household.
  • Proof of all household’s (all members) income from the preceding month.
  • Most current utility bill (electric, water and/or wastewater), including account number and name on account; or statement from your landlord if water service expenses are included in your rent; or statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Program.

Appointments can be made online by visiting the agency’s website at www.bsacap.org/bookings. You must choose the county you reside in, then picking a date and a time that would be best for you. Next, add your contact details and click “Book.” Those without internet access or who are unable to book online can call the agency’s toll free hotline at 1-888-658-3641 to book an appointment over the telephone. Appointments and applications will be taken during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program serves Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties. If you live in another county, you can access the program by finding the Community Action Agency in your area at capky.org.

LIHEAP and LIHWAP are national utility assistance initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on December 29th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Request Ballot for BSACAP Election   no comments

Posted at 10:25 am in News

Written by Kevin Horn on November 8th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , ,

Heating assistance signups available   no comments

Posted at 10:18 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 make an appointment online or over the phone.

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.

Documentation can be uploaded on the agency’s secure website. Those without internet service can provide copies of their documentation to the agency by placing them in the locked boxes outside of the local county office.

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 automated appointment booking system at (606) 887-1441 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.

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 10.

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 28th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , , , , ,

Success with the Garden Seed Program   no comments

Posted at 10:59 am in News

Written by Kevin Horn on October 21st, 2021

Tagged with , , , , , ,

Attention: LIHEAP Fuel Vendors   no comments

Posted at 9:11 am in News

Written by Kevin Horn on October 11th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , , , ,

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program seeks Board of Directors members   no comments

Posted at 2:27 pm in News

Written by Kevin Horn on October 8th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , ,

Re-Brand Your Communication Style with Communication is KEY   no comments

Posted at 2:22 pm in News

We have an exciting opportunity coming up next week and we would love for you to join us!

Re-Brand Your Communication Style

with Communication is KEY

Wednesday, Oct. 13

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Register Now

 

In just one hour ONLINE, you will…

  • Identify your communication style.
  • Learn how to use it to say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • Understand why having strong communication skills is necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Identify and overcome common pitfalls.
  • Re-brand your communication style and get to where you are going.

 

BSCTC, BSACAP, and the Kentucky Career Center will be joined by Rachelle Burchett, an author, leader, motivator, and creative business professional who delivers results with action-packed energy. She leads by developing team members into trailblazers, thinking innovatively creating strategic/communication action plans, and finding solutions to workforce needs.

 

Get registered today! It’s completely free and we’d love to have you there.

 

 

If you have any questions email us at CareerHelp@bsacap.org.

Written by Kevin Horn on October 8th, 2021

Tagged with , , , , , , , , ,

Growing Gardens and Preserving Produce   no comments

Posted at 9:28 am in News

Pictured: Brenda Cockerham shared the process of preparing produce for preserving to attendees of the virtual workshop.

Expanding access to healthy foods is a long-term goal for the Community Service Block Grant’s Garden Seed Program, and a big part of that comes from preserving the lifespan of food, with or without refrigeration. Not only does the program provide a healthy resource, it’s also a valuable skill set. With gardening becoming more of a necessity to help extend finances and access to healthy foods, so does the ability to preserve the crops produced.

On Monday, August 23, 2021, Big Sandy Area Community Action Program held the Preserving the Garden virtual workshop. The guest speaker for the event was Brenda Cockerham, a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with the Johnson County Extension Service. Brenda offered her experience with food preparation to extend their shelf life, with techniques including canning, freezing, and drying. Safety was also discussed as what could be potentially hazardous if not done properly.

“The Garden Seed Program is dedicated to helping individuals supplement their income with a healthy solution,” said Alecia Conley-Knox, CSBG Program Manager. “Providing this workshop virtually gave us a safe way to work with partners in our community to assist families in learning the skills needed to feed their families healthy, home-grown foods.”

The video from the workshop is available here on our BSACAP Inc YouTube channel, so those interested in the techniques may view at any time as they look to start their own food preservation projects. More workshops will also be available in the future, so stay tuned to the BSACAP Facebook page for updates, as well as bsacap.org.

To begin your journey into food preservation, publications are available at all county extension service offices.

Funding for the Garden Seed Program is made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org, follow them on Facebook, or call the service office in your county.

Written by Kevin Horn on September 16th, 2021