Home Energy Assistance Program Enrollment for Low-Income Households in Arkansas Begins

Arkansans can seek help with energy bills starting today

Arkansans in need can apply for help with their energy bills starting July 25.



TONIGHT WITH MORE ON SOME OF THE PROGRAM WHICH WILL END SOON. PEOPLE STARTED LINEUP AT 6AM HERE AT CRAWFORD SEBASTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO TRY TO GET HELP PAYING THEIR ELECTRICITY BILL. AND IF YOU NEED HELP YOU MUST HURRY BECAUSE IT’S ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. FOR MANY OF US THIS SUMMER, WHATEVER ELECTRICITY BILLS… “one month, $318.15” “this is the biggest I’ve ever received. I lived in a bigger house and my bill wasn’t close to what it is now.” “it is high.” “$548.” “$509.” “I cried a little bit, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to come up with that kind of money with the way my other bills are set up and I have three kids.” TODAY, PEOPLE HOPE TO GET HELP TO PAY THEIR Rising ELECTRICITY BILLS THROUGH THE LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR áLIHEAPá. “I’m a single parent and depend on it every year around this time. This one just put the icing on the cake.” “I was even behind on part of my rent just because I have to pay another bill.” “I could be expelled.” “I don’t know. I hope I get help and everything will be fine.” “I don’t know what we’re going to do, we’re going without eating I guess, you know what I mean, I don’t know what we’re going to do.” “People couldn’t make it, they wouldn’t. It’s such a huge need, especially again, right now.” BEVERLY VAUGHN IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE áLIHEAPá PROGRAM THROUGH THE CRAWFORD SEBASTIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. AID FOR SUMMER COOLING BILLS IS BASED ON INCOME AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING IN YOUR HOME. VAUGHN SAYS 7,000 SO FAR IS THE MOST PEOPLE THEY HAVE EVER HELPED, BUT SHE EXPECTS TO SET A NEW RECORD THIS SUMMER AND SAYS YOU SHOULDN’T WAIT TO APPLY. “because funds may be limited and also they don’t want to be cut off and have no electricity. If they go ahead and bring it, if we have five, ten, twenty days before they are in If you wait and bring it back after it’s turned off, then you’re going to be without power with that heat. “it’s a lot, it’s a lot. REQUESTS FOR LIHEAP ASSISTANCE LAST UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30. IF YOU HAVE A STOP NOTICE, THIS IS THE LAST YEAR THAT THE PROGRAM IS ABLE TO HELP UP TO $2,000 FOR THESE

Arkansans can seek help with energy bills starting today

Arkansans in need can apply for help with their energy bills starting July 25.

Record-breaking heat in Arkansas this summer is creating high energy bills for many. Those struggling to pay their electricity bills may be able to get relief from July 25. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income families who need help to cover these bills. In 2021, the Arkansas LIHEAP program provided more than $800,000 to more than 3,500 customers. LIHEAP Local Director Beverly Vaughn predicts these numbers will be higher for 2022. There are income guidelines that must be met to receive assistance. To apply, contact your county community organization. You can search online at https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/assistance/liheap.aspx to find the organization that serves your location. The application date has been pushed back to July 25 this year. “It increases our business, we provide public service assistance to eligible low-income families,” LIHEAP Director Beverly Vaughn told 40/29 News earlier this month. “In the summer we pay for electricity.” “We’re seeing a need every day, we’re seeing more and more needing help,” Vaughn said. LIHEAP provided $862,000 to over 3,500 people. This number is expected to increase this year with higher temperatures.

Record-breaking heat in Arkansas this summer is creating high energy bills for many. Those struggling to pay their electricity bills may be able to get relief from July 25.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income families who need help with these bills.

In 2021, the Arkansas LIHEAP program provided over $800,000 to over 3,500 clients. LIHEAP Local Director Beverly Vaughn predicts these numbers will be higher for 2022.

There are income criteria that must be met to receive assistance.

To apply, contact your county community organization. You can search online at https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/assistance/liheap.aspx to find the organization that serves your place of residence.

The application date has been pushed back to July 25 this year.

“It increases our business, we provide public service assistance to eligible low-income families,” LIHEAP Director Beverly Vaughn told 40/29 News earlier this month. “In summer, we pay for electricity.”

“We’re seeing needs every day, we’re seeing more and more needing help,” Vaughn said.

LIHEAP provided $862,000 to over 3,500 people.

This number is expected to increase this year with the high temperatures.

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