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Economic Impact Payment FAQ    no comments

Posted at 11:02 am in News

There are lots of questions about the Economic Impact Payments floating around, so we wanted to find out some answers for you. Below is a list of commonly asked questions and we hope that we’re able to give you the information you really need. If you have a question that we haven’t answered here, you can visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments for more information. If that doesn’t help, feel free to reach out to us and we will try to get you the answer you need. 

Why is the government giving out money like this? 

  • The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put a lot of people out of work and caused a lot of financial hardship for individuals, families, and businesses. The government is giving out this money to help people stay afloat while the virus spreads and to help businesses try to keep the economy going as much as we can. 

Who qualifies for this money?  

  • Most American adults will receive some money for themselves and their families through the COVID-19 Stimulus Package. If you have a Social Security number or an adoption taxpayer identification number (AITN), you can receive the stimulus money. 
  • Immigrant households who filed taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) will not qualify for the stimulus money. 
  • If you owe back child support payments, you may not get any or all of the Economic Impact money that you could have received. 

How much money do I get? 

  • If you are a single person and made less than $75,000 last year, you will get $1,200. 
  • If you are the head of the household (on your tax form) and made less than $112,500 last year, you will get $1,200. 
  • If you are a married couple and your combined income was less than $150,000, you will get $2,400 (or $1,200 each). 
  • If you have children under the age of 17 that you claimed on your taxes last year, you will $500 per child on top of the $1,200 you are receiving. 

What if I had a baby since the last time I filed taxes, can I still get $500 for them? 

  • No. The amount you get is based off your most recent tax return. 

I haven’t filed my taxes this year, can I still get the money? 

  • Yes. If you have not filed your taxes this year, the IRS will use your 2018 tax information to determine the amount you are eligible for. 

I do not have to file taxes, can I still get the money? 

  • Yes. If you receive Social Security Retirement Benefits or Social Security Disability Payments and you do not have any children under the age of 17, you do not have to do anything to receive the money. Otherwise, you can enter your information through the IRS’s website and receive your money.
    Visit:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here 

How am I supposed to use this money? 

  • You are free to use the money on whatever you want. A lot of people will probably use the money to help them pay bills and buy groceries, gasoline, and supplies for their home. 
  • Even though landlords can’t evict you right now and your electricity won’t be cut off right now, you still have to pay those bills at some point.  

I lost my job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you filed taxes in either 2018 or 2019, you do not have to do anything to receive the money. 

I was unemployed before the COVID-19 pandemic began, do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you filed taxes in either 2018 or 2019, you do not have to do anything to receive the money. 

I’m still employed or found new employment, do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you filed taxes in either 2018 or 2019, you do not have to do anything to receive the money. 

I draw Social Security Retirement, do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you do not have any children under the age of 17, you will automatically receive your payment. You do not have to do anything. 

I draw Social Security Disability (SSDI), do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you do not have any children under the age of 17, you will automatically receive your payment. You do not have to do anything. 
  • If you have children under the age of 17, you still qualify, but you will have to enter your information on the IRS website to make sure that you will receive the $500 per child. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here 

I draw Supplemental Security Income (SSI), do I qualify? 

  • Yes. If you do not have any children under the age of 17, you will automatically receive your payment. You do not have to do anything. 
  • If you have children under the age of 17, you still qualify, but you will have to enter your information on the IRS website to make sure that you will receive the $500 per child. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here 

I draw SSI and use a Direct Express card which does not have a routing number or account number, can I still get the money? 

I’m new to the Social Security or SSI system, do I need to do anything? 

Do adult dependents that I claimed on my taxes qualify? 

  • No. If you claimed an adult dependent on your taxes, that person is not eligible for the economic impact money. 

What do I have to do to get this money? 

  • Most people won’t have to do anything. The IRS will either direct deposit the money into the same bank account that you used to receive your income tax return or they will send you a check by mail. 
  • If you do not have to file taxes or did not file in 2018 or 2019 and you do not receive SS benefits or SSDI, you can enter your information through the IRS’s website and receive your money.
    Visit:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here 

What if my address has changed since I filed taxes?  

What if opened a bank account or my bank account information has changed since I last filed taxes? 

  • If your bank account information has changed since you last filed taxes, you can visit the IRS’s website at:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. Click on the “Get My Payment” button and enter your information there. That part of their website won’t be ready until about mid-April, so just keep checking back. 

What if I don’t have a bank account, can I still get the money? 

  • If you do not have a bank account, you can still receive the money. The IRS will be processing direct deposits (into people’s bank accounts) first, then they will process paper checks. It will take longer to receive a paper check, but you will still receive the money. 

Will this money be taxed? 

  • No. While regular income and unemployment funds will be taxed, the economic impact money will not be taxed. 

Will I have to pay this money back? 

  • No. You do not have to pay this money back. 

 

Written by Sarah Hill on April 13th, 2020

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Coronavirus Response Portal to Assist Kentuckians   no comments

Posted at 3:53 pm in News

FROM THE OFFICE OF SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today he created a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation.

The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad.

“At my direction, the Senate stepped up to face this challenge presented by COVID-19. We passed a bold plan called the CARES Act to assist families, workers, small businesses and medical professionals. I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available,” Senator McConnell said. “We’ll win this fight against the Coronavirus because Americans continue finding creative ways to stand united—even if we have to stand six feet apart.”

The Coronavirus Response Portal link: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=coronavirus-updates

 

Kentucky Workers

Have you recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance?

 

Kentucky Employers and Small Businesses

Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on?

Questions about unemployment benefits?

 

Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks

Questions about how Coronavirus affects your federal incomes taxes?

 

Kentucky Education

What resources are available to help students, graduates and schools respond to the Coronavirus?

 

Kentuckians Living or Traveling Abroad

Need individual assistance?

Thinking about international travel?

Thinking about traveling in the U.S.?

 

Kentucky Volunteers are Part of the Solution

Looking to help your neighbors during the Coronavirus crisis?

Written by Sarah Hill on March 30th, 2020

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Energy assistance program extended to April 30    no comments

Posted at 3:08 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 by telephone.  

The Crisis component of LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income households experiencing heating emergencies. Households that have received their maximum benefit for 2020, may not re-apply at this time 

Local energy providers have stated that they will not be performing disconnects during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, disconnect notices are still being generated and sent out to customers. Even though no disconnect will take place, people may still qualify for LIHEAP services to assist them with their home heating or electricity needs. 

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. 

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s offices have closed to the public in order to comply with the social distancing requirements put in place by the local and state governments. The agency will now take LIHEAP applications by phone and arrangements to provide documentation will be made with each customer. 

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 can make arrangements to provide the following items if they are not already on file with the agency: 

  • 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 by phone, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the following numbers: 

  • 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 

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 30th, 2020

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Our Offices are Closed, but We’re Still Ready to Serve!   no comments

Posted at 9:05 am in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will remain operational in spite of having to close our offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus). Our staff will be able to assist you, just in a slightly different way than you’re used to.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to serving you remotely. Please check back with us regularly for updates and changes. Many of the forms you may need to fill out in order to receive services will be made available on our website.

We’re asking that you call the BSACAP office in your county and make arrangements with staff for services.

Floyd County: 606-874-3595
Johnson County: 606-789-3641
Magoffin County: 606-349-2217
Martin County: 606-298-3217
Pike County: 606-432-2775

We would also like to announce that the Garden Seed Program voucher distribution will not take place during the first week of April as is usual. Voucher distribution will now take place during the first full week of May: May 4th – 8th.

Please remember to check in with your elderly relatives and neighbors to see if they’re okay, wash your hands often with warm water for at least 20 seconds, cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue away, avoid touching your face, disinfect regularly touched surfaces, and practice compassion with those around you.

Written by Sarah Hill on March 18th, 2020

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Book Appointments Now for Crisis Heating Assistance   no comments

Posted at 3:51 pm 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. 6, 2020. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until March 31 or until funds are exhausted.

New to the agency this year is the ability to book your LIHEAP appointment online or by calling the BSACAP office in your county.

The Crisis component of LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income households experiencing heating emergencies. “The crisis component of LIHEAP operates on a first come, first serve basis, so we’ve always had long lines of people waiting for service and often they have had to stand out in the cold,” the agency’s Executive Director Wanda Thacker said. “By allowing people to book an appointment to meet with our staff, we’re preventing them from having to make multiple trips to town, keeping them warm, and making sure they are able to work getting their service around their schedule.”

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, choosing the county you reside in, then picking a date on or after January 6th 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.

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, 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 December 20th, 2019

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BSACAP Seeking Board Members   no comments

Posted at 10:09 am in News

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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