If you are a low-income resident in Arkansas, this information is for you, especially at times of the year when utility bills are skyrocketing with heatwaves on the horizon. LIHEAP, short for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a vital support for millions of vulnerable households in the United States. Designed to combat the burdensome costs of heating and cooling, LIHEAP provides financial assistance to low-income families, disabled individuals, and the elderly, ensuring they can afford to keep their homes comfortable year-round.
During the summer, the LIHEAP program could help you pay your utility bills regarding the cooling needs of the house, and in the winter, it can also partially cover the heating bills. By offering grants to cover energy bills, weatherization improvements, and energy-related crisis interventions, LIHEAP aims to alleviate the financial strain on struggling households and promote energy efficiency.
The maximum LIHEAP benefit you could claim in Arkansas during the summer
In the state of Arkansas, applications for LIHEAP grants are about to open, starting this Monday, July 10, 2023. Eligible residents in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas areas will be able to apply for the financial aid. In Arkansas, for the 2023 fiscal year, the minimum amount for home cooling during the hot months is $48, and the maximum you could apply for and receive is $475. Unlike other states, Arkansas does not have a crisis system specially activated during heat waves or extreme cold, so the maximum, at all times, will be set at $475.
This year, the LIHEAP program has a total of $7.1 million to distribute to the neediest families. Ideally, no family in a vulnerable economic situation should have to discontinue payments on their electricity bills and that they do not incur debts. Remember that the assistance is available until the funds run out. Before you apply, check to see if you qualify based on your income. The program is on from July 10 through September 29, 2023.