The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission will begin its summer regular and crisis program for electric bills only.


The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins 8 a.m. Monday, July 2. EOC will open the program in Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln counties. Applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon or until the agency reaches capacity, according to a news release.


LIHEAP applicants 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. To apply for assistance, the applicant should bring a copy of the gas and electric bills, Social Security numbers, identification or driver’s license, and proof of monthly income and dates of birth for all household members.


Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification may result in delay or denial of assistance.


The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission is a private, non-profit organization which operates social programs and services targeting low income households, according to the release. EOC works in conjunction with other agencies to provide assistance to low-income people within the community. The range of services provided can vary with the needs of each community. Some of the services consist of housing, food, employment, weatherization and energy assistance.


Details: EOC office, 1201 W. Pullen St., or 870-536-0046.