Energy crisis assistance available through EOC

Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC will begin accepting applications for the Crisis portion of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on Tuesday, February 19. LIHEAP offers help if you’re struggling to pay your home energy bills. The crisis portion of LIHEAP will extend further energy assistance for extreme situations such as shut-offs or near shut-offs for households.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within seven days of application date. Applicants for assistance must also meet income guidelines. For a household of one, monthly countable income is $1,481. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for assistance, applicants will need to visit their local EOC office in order to conduct an interview. The household representative should bring a copy of the current utility bill, social security numbers, and proof-of- income and date of birth for all household members. Clients must have a working knowledge of household resources. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance.

Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. In Jefferson County, PBJCEOC will be able to interview approximately 75 households a day. All other counties will be able to process 25 applications a day.

“This crisis funding can be a saving grace for so many,” said David Knight, executive director of Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC. “Our five-county area still has thousands of households in emergency situations and we plan to help as many as quickly as possible.”

PBJCEOC will administer LIHEAP in all its five counties, which include Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln.

In Jefferson County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Pine Bluff Office, 817 South Cherry Street, Call 870-536-0046.

In Grant, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Arkansas counties call 1-800-277-1313.

In Grant County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Sheridan Office, 815 E. Center.

In Cleveland County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Rison Office, 203 Main

In Lincoln County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Star City Office, 107 S Drew

In Arkansas County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Stuttgart Office, 425 S. Main

“With LIHEAP Crisis, there’s additional help so low-income families at a severe stage can get to a more stable situation” said Knight.