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Beshear reports 1,514 cases, 3 deaths, says vaccine is coming but new targeted steps may be needed

Gov. Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians that COVID-19 continues to spread at a frightening pace within the Commonwealth and across the United States. Two companies, Moderna and Pfizer, have announced their vaccines appear to be more than 90% effective as clinical trials continue. The Governor said he hopes this great news will inspire all Kentuckians to keep fighting the virus in the months before those...

Community Action Agencies accepting applications for Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund Program

On Oct. 19, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order designating $15 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund. Community Action Agencies across Kentucky are now accepting applications for the Healthy at Home Utility Relief Fund Program through Dec. 11 or until funds are depleted. Interested households should contact their local Community Action Outreach...

GoFundMe account set up for Blackjewel miners, families by Harlan County Community Action

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An account has been established to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures. The GoFundMe account was set up by Harlan County Community Action. Around 1,100 employees were left unemployed across the Appalachian region, including many in eastern Kentucky, when the company declared bankrupty last week, according to Community Action Kentucky. Miners...

Community Action Kentucky extends low-income home energy assistance program through April 30

Community Action Kentucky is extending its enrollment period for the Crisis Component of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will now be accepted through April 30, 2019, a 30-day extension, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at any one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state. “We...

PSC OKs revision of energy assistance to help low-income customers with winter heating bills

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky Power Co. to provide additional assistance to low-income residential customers who are having difficulty paying their home heating bills. In an order issued Tuesday, the PSC approved a joint proposal by Kentucky Power and Community Action Kentucky, Inc. (CAK) to revamp the company’s existing program. CAK administers assistance programs...

Public Service Commission reports Natural Gas costs to rise this winter, provides assistance options

Kentucky residents who heat their homes with natural gas will see somewhat higher prices at the start of the 2017-2018 heating season than they did a year ago, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) advised today. Gas prices have risen, on average, about 13 percent from this time last year, but are still about 58 percent below the November 2008 average price of $11.70. When base rates – which...