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Program helps pay electricity bills during summer

Program helps pay electricity bills during summer

 JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Crowley's Ridge Development Council will begin their Summer Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Monday.

The program is designed to help with regular bills, shut off notices or those already disconnected. Last year, the LiHeap program helped nearly 6,000 people. An administrator said this year they sent out nearly 10,000 applications.

Jonesboro resident, Charlean Johnson has been receiving help from the LiHeap program for 5 years now.
“I’m on a fixed income so it helps a lot to get that extra help. It allows me room to buy those household products or whatever something I need,” she said.

Johnson said the sooner you apply, the better. Staff at the Jonesboro office met with over 35 people Monday morning who were applying for the program. Director of Human Services, Mollie Everett said the money is given by the state and hope it lasts the whole summer.  

“It depends on how long the state allows us to keep the program open, hopefully, it will go through the month of August but we don’t ever know," Everett told Region 8 News. "When they call and say we’re done, then we’re done.”

The Li-Heap program can provide up to $500 dollars to help those already disconnected.

Crowley’s Ride Development Council is accepting applications throughout the summer on Mondays and Wednesdays. When you drop off your application you need to provide a proof of income either social security or a pay stub.

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