The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin the crisis portion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) program Monday, Feb. 13.

The crisis program assists households with disconnect notices on energy and heating bills. Regular LIHEAP assistance will continue until funds are depleted.

Applications will be taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St., Monday through Wednesday, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. or until the office reaches full capacity. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served walk-in basis.

Applicants must meet income guidelines. For a household of one, the monthly countable income is $1,573. To apply for assistance, the applicant should bring a copy of the disconnect bill, Social Security numbers, birthdates and proof-of- income for all household members from the previous month.

Additional information may be required during the interview process. All applicants must provide ID and copies of their gas and electric bills.

EOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates social programs and services targeting low income households. EOC works in conjunction with other agencies to provide assistance to low-income families and individuals within the community.

EOC serves the counties of Jefferson, Grant, Lincoln, Arkansas and Cleveland. Details: 870-536-0046.