EOC to accept applications for help with electric bills

For those needing help paying their electric bills, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds are available through the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission.

LIHEAP applications will be accepted on a first come, first-served, walk-in basis, weekdays 8 a.m. and until 1 p.m. at the EOC office, 817 S. Cherry St., starting Monday, July 7, until funds are gone.

EOC will also administer LIHEAP in Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties.

LIHEAP assists people with home energy and cooling bills, however this summer portion of LIHEAP is for electric bills only.

Applicants for LIHEAP must meet income guidelines. For a household of 1, monthly countable income is $1,482. For each additional person in the household, add $468. Income may be counted from check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for assistance, a member of the household should bring a copy of the current utility bill, Social Security numbers, and proof-of- income and dates of birth for all household members. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

Additional information may be required during the interview. Failure to provide information may result in delay or denial of assistance. A checklist and no-income verification forms are available at the EOC office.

EOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates social programs and services targeting low income households. The agency also works in conjunction with other agencies and organizations to provide assistance to low-income people. Some of the services offered consist of: Housing, Food, Employment, Weatherization and Energy Assistance.

Details: Call the EOC at 536-0046.