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BSACAP distributes millions in relief funds   no comments

Posted at 3:56 pm in News

Phones have been ringing off the hook for months at Big Sandy Area Community Action Program offices as the number of requests for help from the local nonprofit sky-rocketed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the economic hardships it caused.

All told, since April of 2020, the agency has provided $2,744,210 in LIHEAP funds to local individuals and families, filling nearly 14,000 requests for assistance.

The agency finished their fall Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season on December 11. Through this portion of the LIHEAP program, $542,900 was used to fill 3,058 requests for help from households in need to assist with winter heating costs.

Unusual for the nonprofit, they were able to provide spring and summer cooling LIHEAP assistance this year as well, due to the economic hardship generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. $2,148,889 was provided to local households for these two programs, ensuring that 10,426 requests for energy assistance were filled.

In December, BSACAP exhausted the Healthy at Home funds provided to their agency for distribution. The agency distributed $1,347,320 in Healthy at Home Funds and filled 3,785 requests for assistance across their five county service area.

The Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund provided relief to Kentuckians affected by COVID-19 who needed assistance with their water, wastewater, electric, or natural gas service. BSACAP partnered Community Action Kentucky and Team Kentucky to distribute these funds in Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties.

The agency also used funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to offer additional water, wastewater, and garbage bill assistance to households that had fallen behind on their bills. Across the area, 999 households received $127,629 to help them maintain health and hygiene at home through the agency’s CARES Act utility assistance program.

Through their housing assistance program, BSACAP ensured that 53 men, women, and children were able to gain clean, safe, and stable housing, protecting them both from the elements and from the coronavirus.

BSACAP’s workforce and employment staff members completed well over 10,000 unemployment related tasks. They answered phones, answered questions, assisted with forms, corrected files, and other work as they stepped up to the unemployment crisis the workforce faced since April of 2020.

To assist those who lost their job due to COVID-19, the agency also distributed $25,915 in Team Kentucky Funds to 101 households. The funds were used to assist those impacted by the “stay-at-home” orders to pay their rent, keep their vehicle, and buy groceries and other household necessities.

“This has been a tremendously challenging year for so many people,” BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said. “Our agency has been running at top speed continuously for about 10 months in order to meet the needs of our communities. We know that we haven’t been able to reach every single person, but thousands of families across the Big Sandy area have been pulled back from the edge of disaster because of this work. We are grateful that we have had the opportunity to provide so many services to local people.”

BSACAP is currently operating the winter LIHEAP crisis season. 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). Funding for these projects is made possible, in part, 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 January 7th, 2021

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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

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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