Utilities about to be shut off? LIHEAP accepting applications starting Feb. 25

If you're struggling to make ends meet, you could be eligible to receive some financial help.

Central Arkansas Development Council will begin taking application for the Crisis Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program in 12 counties.

To qualify, you must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within 7 days of the application date and must meet income guidelines. For a household of one, monthly countable income is $1,481. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.

The household 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 birth dates for all household members are required.

Applications will be accepted until the LIHEAP funds run out. Payment may take up to 35 days.

Mass Intake Days

Pulaski County: Monday, Feb. 25 and Tuesday, Feb. 26, 9 AM until 1 PM at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Arts and Crafts Building, 2600 Howard Street in Little Rock. Applications may be limited based on staff availability. For more information, call 501-603-0909.

Clark County: Monday, Feb. 25, 9 AM until 1 PM at the Clark County Fairgrounds, Extension Homemakers Building, Hwy 67 South in Arkadelphia. For more information, call 870-246-8089.

Hot Spring County: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 1 PM until 4 PM at the Malvern Community Center, 1800 W. Moline in Malvern. For more information, 501-337-8401.

Union County: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 8 AM until Noon at the TAC House, 1101 North West Avenue in El Dorado. For more information, call 870-864-0067.

Lonoke County: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9 AM until 1 PM at the Lonoke Community Center, 1355 Front Street in Lonoke. For more information, call 501-676-0019, or 1-800-406-5562.

Saline County: Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 AM until 1 PM at Gene Moss Building (Tyndall Park), 913 E. Sevier Street in Benton. For more information, call 315-1121.

Columbia County: Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 AM until 1 PM at the Jimmie "Red" Jones Community Center, 231 S. Frederick in Magnolia. For more information, call 870-234-6444.

Ouachita County: Friday, March 1, 9 AM until 1 PM at the Carnes Park, Teen Town Building, 955 Adams in Camden. For more information, call 870-836-3200.

In other counties, applications will BE ACCEPTED ON THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE

In Calhoun County, applications will be accepted each Thursday, beginning Feb. 28, 8:30 AM until noon at the CADC Calhoun County Office, 210 S. Lee St. Call 870-798-2457 for more information.

In Dallas County, applications will be accepted Monday thru Wednesday, beginning Feb. 25, 8 AM until Noon at the CADC Dallas County Office, 410 East 4th Street in Fordyce. Call 870-352-8894 for more information.

In Montgomery County, applications will be accepted each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 27, 8 AM until Noon at the CADC Mt. Ida Senior Activity Center, 158 Senior Drive in Mt. Ida. For more information, call 870-867-0151.

In Pike County, applications will be accepted Mondays only, beginning Feb. 25, from 8 AM until Noon at the Murfreesboro Senior Activity Center, 120 E. Court, Suite A. Call 870-285-2312 for more information. Applications will also be accepted on Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 26, 8 AM until Noon at the Glenwood Senior Activity Center, 229 Betty Street in Glenwood. For more information, call 870-356-4212.