CRDC announces start of winter utility assistance

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Winter has arrived along with higher utility bills, and Crowley's Ridge Development Council's Human Services offices in Northeast Arkansas will begin accepting applications for utility bill payment assistance on January 12, 2004.

Through the Regular Assistance Home Energy Assistance Program (commonly referred to as LIHEAP) services, qualified applicants may receive help in paying the high utility bills that come with the seasonal temperatures of winter and summer. All applicants will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Due to the large numbers of applicants received at sites throughout the CRDC service area, lengthy waits may be required of some.

To qualify for LIHEAP assistance, applicants must 1. Apply for assistance within their county of residence; 2. Provide proof of all household income for the previous month to include any monies coming into the household from salaries or earnings, child support, TEA/SSA/SSI benefits, unemployment or retirement benefits, part-time jobs, temporary, employment, etc.; 3. Provide Social Security numbers for all members of the household; 4. Provide a copy of the utility bill for which assistance is sought.

Applications will be taken from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays ONLY at each of the eight CRDC Family Service Centers serving Northeast Arkansas.

Those centers include: Craighead County E. Boone Watson Center, 1005 Logan Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401, Phone (870) 935-8610 Ext. 103. Cross County - 222-A Mississippi, Wynne, AR 72396, Phone (870) 238-1229. Crittenden County 110 Rear Center, Marion, AR 72364, Phone (870) 739-6019. Greene County Paragould Community Center, 121 North 12th St., Paragould, AR 72450, Phone (870) 239-3531. Jackson County 1039 Hout Dr., Newport, AR 72112, Phone (870) 523-5474. Poinsett County 24 Elm St., Marked Tree, AR 72365, Phone (870) 358-3639. St. Francis County 247 N. Division, Forrest City, AR 72335, Phone (870) 630-0193. Woodruff County 100 N. Second St., Augusta, AR 72006, Phone (870) 347-1458.

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