Regular LIHEAP assistance ends soon

Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC will only be accepting applications for the Crisis portion of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). As of March 31 the regular assistance portion will have ended. LIHEAP offers help for residents struggling to pay home energy bills. The crisis portion of LIHEAP will extend further energy assistance for extreme situations such as shut-offs or within seven days of 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 $1,462. For each additional person in the household, add $449. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

To apply for energy assistance, applicants will need to visit their local EOC office between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. or from 1 and 3 p.m. The household representative should bring a copy of the current utility bill and income for the previous month, social security numbers 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.

“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 toll free, 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” Knight said.