EOC accepting applications for help with energy bills

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will continue accepting applications for help with summer utility bills through Thursday.

For those needing help paying their energy bills, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be an answer.

EOC began accepting LIHEAP applications Monday at the convention center and will continue to accept them through Thursday at the EOC office, 817 Cherry St.

EOC has secured additional funds to help applicants with electrical payments but the funds still remain low.

“This summer has already been a difficult one for a lot of people,” said David Knight, executive director of EOC. “Extremely harsh days of high temperature mixed with an economy that continues to struggle, makes LIHEAP a real lifesaver for low-income families trying to stay safe.”

EOC is administering LIHEAP in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. LIHEAP assists households with home energy and cooling bills. This summer portion of LIHEAP is for electric bills only.

All applications will be accepted on a first come, first served walk in basis. Applications will be taken beginning at 8 a.m. and until either 3 p.m. or until the agency reaches its full capacity of applications to be processed. Offices will close for lunch between the hours of noon and one o’clock pm.

Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. For a household of 1, monthly countable income is $1,462. For each additional person in the household, add $468. To apply for assistance, 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 be accepted. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance.

Details: Call 536-0046.