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Arkansas Advocates Fight for LIHEAP Funding

Thousands of families all across the state benefit from the program that helps them pay utility bills.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Congressional leaders in Washington are hearing from some Arkansas advocates about the importance of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program better known as LIHEAP.

Funding of the federal program has dropped by nearly two-billion-dollars since 2009.

Last year, more than 65,000 struggling Arkansas families received LIHEAP assistance with home heating and cooling costs.

During LIHEAP Action Day on Wednesday, Entergy representatives and community partners will push to get LIHEAP funding turned around by having personal meetings with congressional delegates and with grassroots email campaigns.

The goal is to restore LIHEAP funding to at least $4.7-billion for next year. The increase would result in up to $41-million in assistance for Arkansas families.

“We recognize that Congress is facing some tough fiscal decisions,” said Jay Hartman, Entergy Arkansas, Inc.’s low income initiatives champion. “However, this program and the low income population it serves have already borne significant cuts.”

Arkansas residents can help by adding their names to a petition being sent to Washington. Click here to add your name.

Participating in LIHEAP Action Day is just one of the many steps Entergy takes on behalf of needy customers.  Entergy employees, shareholders and customers contribute more than $2.2 million to The Power to Care fund, where every penny raised goes toward helping neighbors struggling to pay utility bills.

“As Entergy Corporation celebrates its 100th birthday, we recognize that our company has a long history of helping improve the quality of life here in Arkansas,” said Hartman. “Supporting LIHEAP upholds our legacy and commitment to serving all customers, including those in need.”
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