Start Enrollments for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in Arkansas

Arkansans can apply for help with energy bills starting today

Staff in need can apply for assistance with energy bills starting July 25.



Tonight with more on the part of the show that’s going soon. People started joining at 6am here at the Sebastian Crawford Community Development Board to try and get help paying their electric bills. And if you need help, you are in a hurry because this is a first-come, first-served. For many in the US this summer, when it comes to electric bills… “1 month, $318.15” “It is the biggest house I have ever had. I lived in a bigger house and my bill was nowhere near what it is now.” “It’s high.” “548 dollars.” “509 US dollars.” “I was a little torn, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get that kind of money the way my other bills are made and I have three kids.” People today hope to get help paying their electric bills through a low-income home energy assistance program or assistance program. “I’m a single parent and I rely on this every year around this time. This person just put the icing on the cake.” “I’m even late on some of my rent just because I have to pay another bill.” “I could be evicted.” “I don’t know. Hope I can get help and everything is going well.” “I don’t know what we’re going to do, go without eating I guess, you know what I mean, I don’t know what we’re going to do.” “People won’t be able to, and they won’t be able to. It’s a huge need, especially again, right now.” Beverly Vavin is the Director of the Elihaba Program through the Sebastian Crawford Community Development Board. Help with summer cooling bills depends on income as well as the number of people living in your home. So far, VAUGHN says, 7000 is the most people ever received, but it expects to set up a new record this summer and says you shouldn’t wait to apply. “Because the money can be limited and also they don’t want to shut down and they don’t have any electricity. If they keep bringing it in, if we had it five, ten, twenty days ago they’re already closed. If you wait and get it after you turn it off, you’ll be without power in this heat.” “It’s a lot, it’s a lot. And then it goes out of pocket with rising gas and food prices. How are we supposed to live you know, that’s a lot.” Applications for LIHEAPá assistance continue until September 30. If you have a closure notice, this is the last year the program is able to offer up to $2000 for it.

Arkansans can apply for help with energy bills starting today

Staff in need can apply for assistance with energy bills starting July 25.

Rising temperatures in Arkansas this summer have driven up energy bills for many. Those who struggle to pay their electricity bills may be able to get a waiver starting July 25, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income families who need help covering those bills, and in 2021, the Arkansas LIHEAP program provided more than $800,000 to over 3,500 clients. LIHEAP’s local director, Beverly Vaughn, expects these numbers to be higher for 2022. There are income guidelines that must be met to receive assistance. To apply, contact the community organization in your county. You can search online at https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/assistance/liheap.aspx to find the organization that serves where you live. The application date has been postponed to July 25 this year. “It increases our business, we provide utility assistance to eligible low-income families,” Beverly Vaughn, director of LIHEAP, told 40/29 News earlier this month. “In the summer, we pay for electricity,” Vaughn said. “We see a need every day, we see more help.” LIHEAP has provided $862,000 to more than 3,500 people, and this number is expected to increase this year as temperatures rise.

Rising temperatures in Arkansas this summer have driven up energy bills for many. Those who struggle to pay their electricity bills may be able to get an exemption starting July 25.

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

In 2021, the Arkansas LIHEAP program provided more than $800,000 to more than 3,500 clients. LIHEAP’s local director, Beverly Vaughn, expects these numbers to be higher for 2022.

There are income guidelines that you must adhere to in order to receive assistance.

To apply, contact the community organization in your county. You can search online at https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/energy/assistance/liheap.aspx To find the organization that serves where you live.

The application deadline has been postponed to July 25 this year.

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

“We see a need every day, and we see more help required,” Vaughn said.

LIHEAP has provided $862,000 to more than 3,500 people.

This number is expected to rise this year as temperatures rise.

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