Oak Grove Community Center is hosting a one-day event in collaboration with Pennyrile Allied Community Services Inc., in order to help Christian County residents with fixed incomes pay their electricity bills.

The event will from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at the community center. People who are on fixed incomes can apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP at the event to receive help in paying bills from PACS.

The LIHEAP program is for individuals who are in a crisis situation with their heat, whether it's coal, wood, propane or kerosene, according to the PACS website.

If it's propane or kerosene or wood, the home must be within four days of running out. If it's natural gas or electric, the address must have received a disconnect notice.

Applicants will be required to bring IDs for everyone in the household who is older than 18, Social Security cards for each person in the home, a copy of the entire electricity bill, current Social Security award letter (no bank statement) and medical insurance cards.

Individuals may also apply for other individuals at the event, but they are required to have a letter from the other individual allowing another person to apply for them and must include that person's name, address, phone number and Social Security number.

"These people (PACS) have never come down here to do this before," Oak Grove Community Center Director Melissa Lynch said. "We want a great turn out to see if we can get our Oak Grove residents help for their utilities."

Lynch explained that she and PACS created the event for Oak Grove residents who aren't able to travel to the PACS office in Hopkinsville so they can get the help they need to pay their bills.

Lynch added that people commonly tell her they need help with their bills as they come in and out of the center.

"We hear everyday about people needing help with their electric bill," Lynch said. "We've got the people to come here to help and now we're saying to come out to the community center. We're coming to you, instead of you having to go to Hopkinsville. So, come out and get the help."

LIHEAP is available all year-round for those on fixed incomes who are struggling to pay their bills and who are very close to being disconnected from their electricity or other heat or cooling source.

However, Lynch and PACS created this event to allow those who aren't able to travel to be able to apply with staff at the event.

While Lynch and the community center is focusing on Oak Grove residents, the event is open to anyone in Christian County.

Lynch also added that while this is a one-day event and is the first time PACS is traveling to Oak Grove to host this event, if a successful crowd attends and receives the help they need, it may become a recurring, annual event.

The funds that will be used to help households pay their bills come out of the Community Services Block Grant that is awarded to PACS.

For more information about the event, call the community center at 270-640-7575. For more information about LIHEAP or PACS, call the PACS office in Hopkinsville at 270-885-4959.

Reach Avery Seeger at 270-887-3236 or aseeger@kentuckynewera.com. Follow him on Twitter @AveryNewEra

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