Deadline nears for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The September 30 deadline is nearing for the expenditure of $400,000 in funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, according to City-Parish Director of Human Development and Services Paula Roddy.
Roddy said the program allows income-eligible persons living in East Baton Rouge Parish to have their energy bills paid directly to their energy provider.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides utility payments to Entergy and other energy vendors on behalf of eligible East Baton Rouge Parish residents. Eligibility for assistance is limited to one payment in a six month period, contingent upon availability of funds. Eligible individuals must meet income guidelines.
In addition, there is a Crisis Assistance component of the LIHEAP program that is designed to help income-eligible households who have received disconnection notices and are in jeopardy of having their power shut off due to lack of payment.
Roddy said applications are being taken on a first-come, first-serve basis, adding that the Office of Social Services will process applications until all funds are exhausted.
Any customer who has received a LIHEAP service (Non-Crisis or Crisis) in the last six months is not eligible, Roddy said.
Applications will be taken Monday thru Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon at the respective application sites listed below.
In addition, through September 30, 2013, applications will also be processed at the OSS main office at 4523 Plank Road during special evening hours, from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.