JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, will soon provide assistance to eligible households struggling to pay higher utility bills due to the summer heat.
Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning July 5 at all Crowley's Ridge Development Council offices.
LIHEAP helps in normal situations as well as crisis assistance.
"I can't stress enough how important this is," said Rhonda Keiter, CRDC human services coordinator. "I see people come in. I hear their stories, and some of them are heartbreaking. Some of them just need help because a car broke down. Unexpected things that come up. And they just don't have the money right now to pay the electric bill. That's what we're here for."
CRDC serves eight counties: Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Poinsett, St. Francis and Woodruff counties.
"This time, we're starting off with regular and crisis both," Keiter said. "This time, we have enough funding that we are able to start out with crisis and regular assistance."
Those seeking assistance should bring:
- Proof of income for all household members, 18 years and older, for the prior month before applying
- Most recent utility bill
- Total number of members living in the house
- Social Security number
- Birthdates for all household members,
- US Citizenship or legally admitted alien documentation
- Verification of contributions
If no income, the applicant must have two collateral statements stating how they paid their bills for the previous month.
For more information call the Crowley's Ridge Development Council at 870-935-8610.
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