Regular LIHEAP utility assistance will end Friday

Central Arkansas Development Council’s Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) utility assistance will stop accepting applications for assistance on Friday.

Utility assistance is still available to families with disconnect notices in the Crisis LIHEAP program. Applications will be accepted in 12 counties in central and south Arkansas, until funds are depleted.

After Frida, applicants must have a disconnect notice to qualify for LIHEAP assistance.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, applicants must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within 7 days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve walk-in basis at the following locations and times:

In Dallas County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Fordyce Office, 410 E. 4th St. from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Wednesday. Call 870-352-8894 for more information.

Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. For a household of one, monthly countable income is $1,481. The income eligibility limits are set at 60 percent of the state’s median income level. 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 proof of income for all household members 18 years or older for the previous month, proof of child support, proof of unemployment for all household members age 18 and older, proof of social security, retirement, pensions, workman’s comp or disability, proof of utility allowance and if no income, proof of how bills are being paid. Social Security numbers and birthdates for all household members are required. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance. Allow agency 35 days to make payment. For more information, call your local CADC office.