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PBJCEOC LIHEAP to Help Families with Energy Costs

DeWitt Era-Enterprise of DeWitt, Arkansas

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Cold weather across the region have left many struggling to heat their homes. For those needing help paying their heating bills, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be the answer. "This winter has already begun be a difficult one for a lot of people," said David Knight, Executive Director of Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC. "Harsh November weather mixed with an economy that continues to be uncertain makes LIHEAP a real lifesaver for low-income individuals trying to stay warm." PBJCEOC will administer LIHEAP in its five counties, which include Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln. LIHEAP assists households with home energy and heating bills. All applications will be accepted on a first come, first served walk in basis. Applications will be taken beginning each day at 8am and until either 3pm or until full capacity of applications able to process that day. 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 $1,482. For each additional person in the household, add $456. 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 are not accepted at this time. Clients must have a working knowledge of household resources. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification may result in delay or denial of" assistance. Checklist and No-Income verification forms are available now at your local PBJCEOC office.

In Grant, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Arkansas counties call our toll free number at 1-800-277-1313. In Arkansas County, applications are accepted at the PBJCEOC Stuttgart Office, 425 S. Main "With LIHEAP, there's help so low-income families struggling to make ends meet do not have to go without heat, which can be a huge health and safety concern" said Knight.

PBJCEOC serves the counties of Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Cleveland. PBJCEOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates an extensive range of social programs and services targeting low income households. PBJCEOC works in conjunction with other agencies and organizations to provide assistance to low-income families and individuals within the community. The range of services provided can vary with the needs of each community. Some of the services offered consist of: Housing, Food, Employment, Education, Home Repair and Energy Assistance.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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