PBJCEOC to begin Summer Regular Assistance Program

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will be accepting applications for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program starting Monday at 817 S. Cherry St.

The program assists participants with paying electric bills. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the applications reach the processing limit for the day. The office closes for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

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

Submitting an application does not guarantee that funds will be available.

LIHEAP applicants must meet income guidelines. For a household of one, monthly countable income is $1,481. For each additional person in the household, add $468. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for assistance, the household should bring a copy of the current utility bill, social security numbers and proof of income and date of birth for all household members. Shut off notices will not be accepted. 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. A checklist and no-income verification form are available now at local EOC offices.