The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin the regular winter Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. (State officials changed the date from Jan. 8, according to a news release.)


In Jefferson County, applications are taken at EOC, 1201 W. Pullen St. This winter portion of LIHEAP will be for gas and electric bills.


The week of Jan. 16, the agency will accept applications from from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Then EOC will resume the normal schedule of 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday.


EOC will offer the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. For a household of one, the monthly countable income is $1,595. For each additional person in the household, add $491. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits.


To apply for assistance, the household should bring a copy of the gas and electric bills, Social Security numbers, ID, proof of monthly income and birth dates for all household members. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide the requested verification may result in delay or denial of assistance. Details: EOC, 536-0046.