Utility assistance is available

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-The Crowley's Ridge Development Council is working to help Region 8 residents get back on their feet.

Right now, the organization is offering a low income home energy assistance program, or LIHEAP, to people that qualify.

LIHEAP Manager, Jackie Burns, says this is a worthwhile program people should be taking advantage of.

"This program is very beneficial for those that are in need," Burns said. "You have people that have been laid off from jobs due to the economy being so down right now. So, this will help them if they find themselves struggling to pay their utility bills."

Burns says this program is available now.

"We are starting our crisis program," Burns said. "We have a window of 48 hours to resolve the problem after someone applies. As far as qualifications, a family of four can make up to $2,811 a month."

Burns says the main thing people need to do is come in and apply.

"There is money here for your assistance," Burns said. "Do not just assume that you make too much and don't be too proud to ask. We all have hard times."

Anyone coming in to apply must bring all of their previous months income.

This includes ones social security, check stubs, child support and even unemployment.

Residents living in Craighead, Crittenden, Jackson and St. Francis can come in to apply on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Those living in Greene, Poinsett, Woodruff and Cross can come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Burns says this program will continue until they run out of money or until the state decides to close the program and maybe open a summer program.

For more information about utility assistance, you can log onto their website.

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