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Spring electric bill subsidy available now   no comments

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program will have an enrollment period for LIHEAP Spring Subsidy Cooling Component from May 2 through June 17, 2022. The program is designed to help offset the cost of a household’s electric bills.

Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the electric vendor. Individuals should acquire and submit an application through their local Community Action Agency office.

The Spring Subsidy Cooling Component provides households one-time benefit ranging from $50 to $200 depending on income levels and housing category.

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 electric bill, statement from your landlord if electric is included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  • The account number and name on the account for the electric bill.

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 on or after May 2 and a time that would be best for you, 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. Telephone and in-person appointments are available.

Appointments and applications will be taken during business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Community Action Kentucky administers LIHEAP in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services who receive the funding as a pass-through block grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Written by Sarah Hill on May 3rd, 2022

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Community Advocate, Academic Scholarships available to students   no comments

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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, who passed away last year, 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 served on the BSACAP Board of Directors for nearly 40 years.

BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker said, “We are honored to carry Eula Hall’s legacy forward and encourage the next generation to follow her example of courageous service to others.”

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 2022 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.

Applications will be available online at www.bsacap.org/scholarships. In order to complete the application, you must make an appointment for an in-person meeting with the Community Resource Representative in your county at bsacap.org/bookings. For further information, email info@bsacap.org. Completed applications and required documentation must be received by mail no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022. Scholarships will be awarded no later than July 29, 2022.

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 April 20th, 2022

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Multi-Employer Job Fair on 27th   no comments

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A multi-employer “mega” job fair will be held at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg on Wednesday, April 27th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature dozens of employers from around the Big Sandy region who are ready to hire their next employees.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is hosting the event in partnership with the Kentucky Career Center, Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions program, the American Job Center, and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP).

Employers joining the event include energy providers, coal, natural gas, construction, healthcare, transportation, corrections, retail, and several other sectors.

“We are excited to be able to offer a large, in-person event again,” said BSACAP Executive Director Wanda Thacker. “The last two years have been difficult for job seekers and employers alike, so we are happy that job seekers will have the opportunity to talk to so many employers in a single day and that employers can spread the word about their available positions directly to the community.”

Special to this event, job seekers will be able to gain VIP early access to employers when they register to speak with a Career Advisor about creating or updating a resume.

Kentucky Career Center One Stop Operator Sarah Hill explained, “Career Advisors are resume experts who really know what employers are looking for and how you can best present yourself to them. Having a good, strong resume in hand when you walk up to a potential employer gives you the confident and professional appearance that you’re striving for. VIP access to the job fair is really going to give people their best chance to make a good first impression.”

To register for VIP access to the job fair, visit bsacap.org/wioa, call (606) 789-2857, or email CareerHelp@bsacap.org.

On-site registration will take place on the day of the event, April 27th, but VIP access can only be granted ahead of time until April 26th.

Written by Sarah Hill on April 15th, 2022

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Garden Seed voucher program begins March 28   no comments

Posted at 9:23 am in News

Sign-ups for Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s annual Garden Seed Program will be taken on a first come, first serve basis March 28 – April 22, or until funds are exhausted.

The Garden Seed Program offers qualifying low-income households $50 in vouchers to purchase seeds, plants, and fertilizer at local vendors so that area families can build a food-bearing garden at their home. The program is open to residents of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike counties. Clients grow and maintain their gardens by themselves and are able to reap the fruits of their labor.

To apply for the program, you can book an appointment online by visiting www.bsacap.org/bookings or over the telephone by calling (606) 887-1441. Appointments will open for booking beginning on March 28th.

BSACAP staff will contact those who booked an appointment for the program in order to complete their application.

To be eligible for the program, a household must:

  • Meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Provide proof of income from the previous month
  • Provide the social security numbers for all household members
  • Provide a metered utility bill to verify their address

Documentation can be uploaded online at www.bsacap.org/bookings or by dropping off copies of your documents in the locked drop box outside of your local BSACAP office.

Last year, over 500 households in the BSACAP service area of Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike counties received garden seed vouchers. This year, the agency is excited to announce that they will be able to increase the dollar amount of the vouchers by $10 each thanks to a generous grant from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, WV. Through the support of transformative health initiatives that empower all individuals to lead lives of optimal health, self-reliance, and self-respect, the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington strives to foster systemic change and collaborative impact across the tri-state area.

This program is funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a generous grant from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, WV.

 

Written by Sarah Hill on March 21st, 2022

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Utility Assistance Available   no comments

Posted at 3:39 pm in News

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis

An enrollment period for LIHEAP Crisis will begin January 10, 2022 through March 31, 2022, or until available funds have been expended. The purpose of the program is to assist households who are at risk of or currently experiencing a home heating crisis.

Benefits offered through the Crisis Component are limited to the amount necessary to relieve the crisis with the maximum amount not to exceed the Community Action Agency’s local cost for a deliverable supply of the household’s primary heating fuel or $600 for gas or electric.

Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the fuel vendor. Individuals should apply through their local Community Action Agency office.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at 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.
  • The account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric bill.
  • Most current heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent, or a statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program.
    • Applicants requesting assistance for natural gas or electric must bring a disconnect/past due notice (example: arrearage payment plan, past due notice, termination notice, or final notice). If your rent includes heat you must bring a copy of your lease and eviction notice. Applicants who participate in a Pre-Pay Electric Program must bring a statement from the utility company that shows they have 10 days or less of pre-paid electric service.

Low Income Home Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is designed to assist eligible Kentucky households with their water and wastewater costs. Income eligibility for the program is up to and including 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Benefits are paid directly to the household’s water service vendor. Applications will be accepted during the enrollment periods, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 LIHWAP Crisis enrollment will run through June 1, 2022. Crisis benefits are available to eligible households who are experiencing a water and/or wastewater crisis. Crisis benefits will cover the minimum needed to alleviate the crisis not to exceed $800. Households can reapply each time they experience a crisis situation until maximum benefit is reached.

  • Households 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 are included as an undesignated portion of rent). .

 LIHWAP Subsidy enrollment begins January 10, 2022 and will run through June 1, 2022. Eligible households can apply for a one-time benefit to offset the cost of their household’s water or wastewater services.

Interested households should contact their local Community Action Agency office to apply.

All applicants will be required to supply the following documentation at 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 water service bill (water and/or wastewater), including account number and name on account, statement from your landlord if water service expenses are included in your rent, statement from utility company if you participate in a Pre-Pay Program.

Written by Sarah Hill on January 18th, 2022

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Opportunity Youth – Work Ready Events   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on January 4th, 2022

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Utility Assistance Appointments Booking January 3rd   no comments

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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

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Request Ballot for BSACAP Election   no comments

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Written by Kevin Horn on November 8th, 2021

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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

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Success with the Garden Seed Program   no comments

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Written by Kevin Horn on October 21st, 2021

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