As regional temperatures outside have continued to reach 100 degrees, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) kicks off this month to help eligible low-income households in both Hempstead and Nevada counties with help in paying utility bills.

As regional temperatures outside have continued to reach 100 degrees, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) kicks off this month to help eligible low-income households in both Hempstead and Nevada counties with help in paying utility bills.
Administered in 2018 by the Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC), the basic tenets of the program remain the same as it was when it was previously administered by the now-defunct the Southwest Arkansas Development Council.
The program has traditionally paid benefits of fixed amounts based on household income. Eligibility is based on annualized income and the number of members in the household.
This year in Hempstead County, the program will be administered by CADC locally at the First Baptist Church in Hope, located at 315 South Main Street, on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
In Nevada County, the program will be administered by CADC locally at the Prescott County Office at 118 West Elm Street, on Wednesdays, also from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Resident information needed to apply for LIHEAP includes:
• Identification of person making application (driver’s license, birth certificate, work or school I.D.)
• Social Security numbers for all household members
• Proof of household income for all household members 18 and older for the month prior to application
• Both gas and electric bills
In previous years, it has been documented that approximately 500 low income households in Hempstead and Nevada counties receive help over the summer months with electric bills related to cooling their homes. The typical household income that receives LI-HEAP averages less than $1,000 per month in household income.
Based primarily on income and size of household, LI-HEAP is targeted for energy assistance, and the program this year as previous years will run as funds are available.
The local contact for LIHEAP this year is ​Michelle Hood, who can be reached via email at mhood@cadc.com.