CADC offers assistance through LIHEAP

BENTON — Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) will begin crisis intervention assistance[more] to families in Saline County with disconnect notices in the Crisis Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) program. Applications for regular assistance are still being accepted until funds are depleted.

To qualify for Crisis LIHEAP, persons must have a disconnect notice with a disconnect date within 7 days of application date. All households receiving food stamps are potentially eligible to receive this assistance; however, the program is not limited to food stamp recipients. The program assists households with home energy and heating bills. Eligible households must meet income guidelines and furnish proof of all household income for the month prior to applying.

CADC encourages households to attend mass application assistance days to apply for assistance; however, the program will continue to accept both crisis and regular LIHEAP applications after the mass intake days, until funds are depleted.

In Saline County, a mass application assistance day will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gene Moss Building (Tyndall Park), 913 E. Sevier Street in Benton. For more information, call 315-1121.

After the mass intake, applications will continue to be accepted until funds are depleted. In Saline County, applications will be accepted Monday through Wednesday, 8 am until Noon at the CADC Administration Office, 321 Edison in Benton. For more information, call 501-315-1121.

Applicants for LIHEAP assistance must meet income guidelines. For a household of 1, monthly countable income is $1,481. 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 proof of income for all household members 18 years or older for the previous month, proof of child support, proof of unemployment for all household members age 18 and older, proof of social security, retirement, pensions, workman's comp or disability, proof of utility allowance and if no income, proof of how bills are being paid. Social security numbers and birthdates for all household members are required. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance. Allow agency 35 days to make payment. For more information, call your local CADC office.

CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the "War on Poverty." The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact your local CADC office.

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