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Thousands expected to seek energy bill assistance

If you are having trouble paying your gas and electric bills you may be eligible for help.
BENTON, Ark. – If you are having trouble paying your gas and electric bills you may be eligible for help. You can find out if you qualify starting Monday. Each year thousands of Arkansas residents line up to receive assistance.

Central Arkansas Development Council begins taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at Mass Intake Days January 7-11, 2013. The mass intake days will be held in Pulaski, Saline, Lonoke, Hot Spring, Clark, Union, Columbia and Ouachita Counties.

Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. For a household of 1, monthly countable income is $1,481. The income eligibility limits are set at 60% of the state's median income level. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

If you previously received LIHEAP forms in the mail, you do not need to attend mass intake LIHEAP Days. Applications should be returned completely filled. Regular Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying. Shut off notices will not be accepted.

To apply for assistance, you should bring proof of income for all household members 18 years or older for the previous month, proof of child support, proof of unemployment for all household members age 18 and older, proof of social security, retirement, pensions, workman's comp or disability, proof of utility allowance and if no income, proof of how bills are being paid. Social security numbers and birthdates for all household members are required. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance. Allow agency 35 days to make payment.

In Pulaski County, applications will be taken beginning Monday, January 7th and Tuesday, January 8th, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Arts and Crafts Building at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard Street in Little Rock. The first 600 customers will be seen each day at the event. After the mass intake days in Pulaski County, applications will be accepted at the following locations and times:
Arkansas Workforce Center of Jacksonville, #2 Crestview Plaza in Jacksonville. Applications will be accepted on a walk-in basis on Thursdays only, 8 am until Noon and is limited to the first 50 customers.
Arkansas Workforce Center of Little Rock, 5401 South University in Little Rock. Applications will be accepted on a walk-in basis only, Monday-Wednesday, 8 am until Noon and is limited based on staff availability. For more information in Pulaski County, call 501-603-0909.

In Saline County, applications will be taken beginning January 10th at the mass intake day, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Gene Moss Building in Tyndall Park, 913 E. Sevier in Benton. After the mass intake day in Saline County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Administration Building, 321 Edison Street, Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon. Call 501-778-1133 for more information.

In Lonoke County, applications will be taken beginning January 9th in the mass intake day, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lonoke Community Center, 1355 W. Front Street in Lonoke. After the mass intake day in Lonoke County, applications will be accepted at the following locations and times:
CADC Lonoke County Office, 117 South East Front Street, Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon. Call 501-676-0019 for more information.
Ward Municipal Complex, 405 Hickory Street in Ward, Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 am until Noon. Applications are taken by appointment only. Call 501-676-0019.

In Hot Spring County, applications will be taken beginning January 8th in a mass intake day, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Malvern Community Center, 1800 West Moline in Malvern. After the mass intake day in Hot Spring County, applications will be accepted Monday thru Wednesday, 8 am until Noon at the Arkansas Workforce Center of Malvern, 1735 E. Sullenberger. Call 501-337-8401 for more information.

In Clark County, applications will be taken beginning Monday, January 7th, 9 am - 1 pm at the Clark County Fairgrounds Extension Homemakers Building, Hwy 67 South in Arkadelphia. After the mass intake day in Clark County, applications will be accepted at the following locations and times:
CADC Arkadelphia Senior Activity Center, 1305 North 10th Street, Monday & Tuesdays from 1 - 4 pm. Call 870-246-9871 for more information.
Gurdon City Hall, 103 Maple, Wednesdays, 8 am until Noon. Call 870-310-6971 for more information.

In Union County, applications will be taken beginning January 9th at the mass intake day, 8 a.m. until Noon at the TAC House, 1101 North West Avenue in El Dorado.
After the mass intake day in Union County, applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon at the CADC El Dorado Office, 1426 North West Avenue. Call 870-864-0067 for more information.

In Columbia County, applications will be taken beginning January 10th at the mass intake day, 9 am until 1 pm at the Jimmie Red Jones Community Center, 231 South Frederick Street in Magnolia. After the mass intake day in Columbia County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Magnolia Office, 1503 North Vine, Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon. Call 870-234-6444 for more information.

In Ouachita County, applications will be taken beginning January 11th at the mass intake day, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Carnes Park, Teen Town Building, 955 Adams Street in Camden. After the mass intake day in Ouachita County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Ouachita County office, 313 Jefferson, Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon. Call 870-836-3200 for more information.

Also on January 7th, applications for LIHEAP regular assistance will be accepted on a first come, first serve walk-in basis at the following locations and times:
In Calhoun County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Hampton Office, 210 S. Lee St, from 8:30 am until Noon each Thursday, beginning January 10th. Call 870-798-2457.
In Dallas County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Fordyce Office, 410 E. 4th St Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon beginning January 7th. Call 870-352-8894.
In Montgomery County, applications will be accepted CADC Mt. Ida Senior Activity Center, 158 Senior Drive, Wednesdays from 8 am until Noon, beginning January 9th. Call 870-867-0151.
In Pike County, applications will be accepted at the CADC Glenwood Senior Activity Center, 229 Betty St on Tuesdays only, 8 am until Noon beginning January 8th. Call 870-356-4212. Applications will also be accepted at the CADC Murfreesboro Senior Activity Center, 120 E. Court, Ste. A on Mondays only, 8 am until Noon beginning January 7th. Call 870-285-2312.

For more information, call your local CADC office.

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