CRDC accepting applications for help with utility bills

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The temperature has dropped and that means the heat is on in most homes, and the energy bills reflect it.

Starting Monday, the Crowley's Ridge Development Council is taking applications for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LiHeap.

Rhonda Keiter, human services coordinator, said this year they are offering more time to apply during the week because of the overwhelming need.

"This year, as opposed to the previous years, we only took applications 2 days a week in the counties," Keiter said. "This year we are taking them 4 days a week in all 8 counties 8 to 4:30."

There are income requirements, and some who receive SNAP benefits may be pre-approved for assistance.

To apply, stop by the CRDC office at 2401 Fox Meadow Lane in Jonesboro.

You can also stop by the CRDC office in Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett, St. Francis or Woodruff counties.

Keiter said no one should be embarrassed who needs help.

"You know it helps people, especially after Christmas with money being tight, it helps a lot," Keiter said.

Bring a copy of your most recent gas and electric bill along with proof of income for everyone in the home when you come to the office.

The CRDC will accept applications until state funding runs out.

If you have any questions call 870-935-8610 or visit

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