Commencing on Monday, approved applicants of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in multiple counties across Arkansas can anticipate the arrival of their benefit payments. LIHEAP, a federal program aimed at alleviating summer cooling expenses, extends its services to all 75 counties in Arkansas. As per the Central Arkansas Development Council, payments will commence distribution in 19 distinct counties from Monday onwards.
Direct Payments to be Sent to Residents in the Following Arkansas Counties: Calhoun, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Lonoke, Miller, Montgomery, Nevada, Ouachita, Pike, Pulaski, Saline, Sevier, and Union. Administered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers a maximum cooling relief amount of $475, with a minimum payment of $48.
LIHEAP Offers Two Benefit Payment Options: Regular and Crisis Assistance
Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), individuals can avail themselves of two benefit payment options: regular assistance and crisis assistance. The regular benefit is a predetermined amount determined by household size and income. This benefit is applicable to various energy sources including electricity, gas, propane, pellets, and wood.
For those facing financial hardships, the crisis benefit is available. According to the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, which operates under a contract with the Department of Health and Human Services, the maximum crisis benefit amount for the summer is $2,000. The program will continue until the allocated funds are exhausted. Its primary objective is to aid Arkansans in mitigating health risks and safety concerns associated with inadequate cooling methods during the sweltering summer months.
Tailored Support for Energy Assistance and Its Application Process
The LIHEAP program’s webpage emphasizes that as a block grant program, it grants States, Territories, and Tribes the valuable flexibility to utilize LIHEAP funding in response to natural disasters and severe weather conditions, enabling them to effectively address the specific needs of their respective communities. This unique aspect of the program allows for tailored support and prompt assistance during challenging times.
For detailed insights and additional resources, interested individuals can refer to the assistance programs section on the Arkansas Energy and Environment website. This comprehensive source provides further information and guidance regarding LIHEAP and its various offerings.
It is important to note that LIHEAP applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, ensuring that applicants are served in the order of their application submission. The application period will remain open until September 30, enabling eligible individuals to avail themselves of LIHEAP benefits within the specified timeframe.