When applying for energy assistance, preparation is key

Those planning to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from the Central Arkansas[more] Development Council will need to provide verification of income. For those who need verification of income from Social Security, obtaining it is easy and convenient, according to Phylis Dills, Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration.

“Visit the website www.socialsecurity.gov ,” Dills instructed, “look in the left column under ‘Top Services,’ open the ‘Services for people currently receiving benefits’ section, and select ‘Request a Proof of Income letter’ to get a letter that verifies your Social Security benefit information.

“Be sure to plan ahead,” she urged. “From the time that you complete the online request, it will take about 10 days for you to receive the proof of income letter in the mail. If you need one sooner, you will want to call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local Social Security office.”

For most people, added Dills, requesting the proof of income online is the most convenient way to get what is needed. Get benefit verification by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/beve.

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