Webster Parish Community Services is offering the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Funds have been made available for fiscal year 2016 for non-crisis assistance as well as crisis assistance. Applicants will be served on a first come, first serve basis.

Non-Crisis Assistance:

Target group: The target groups for this program are elderly, disabled, and families with children five years of age or younger.

Receipt of an appointment does not guarantee payment.

Individuals from the south part of the parish, Minden, Sibley, Doyline, etc., may request assistance by calling 377-7022 or coming in person to 208 Gleason St., Minden, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016 on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you request assistance and are found not to be a member of the target group, you then must request assistance in the all other group.

All other group individuals from the south part of the parish, Minden, Sibley, Doyline, etc. may request assistance by calling 377-7022 or coming in person to 208 Gleason St., Minden, beginning at 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Target group individuals from the north part of the parish, Springhill, Cullen, Cotton Valley, etc. may request assistance by calling 539-5696 or coming in person to South Main Mall, Springhill, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016, on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you request assistance and are found not to be a member of the target group, you then must request assistance in the all other group.

All other group individuals from the north part of the parish, Springhill, Cullen, Cotton Valley, etc. may request assistance by calling 539-5696 or coming in person to South Main Mall, Springhill, beginning at 12:00 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2016 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Once assistance has been requested, individuals will be notified of appointment date and time, as well as the necessary documentation required to apply.

Each individual must be a resident of Webster Parish and provide proof of eligibility. In order to be eligible, the entire family income must be at or below 60 per cent medium income 4-person families’ guidelines and not received assistance within the last 6 months. They may be eligible if residents in the home receive food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, TANF, or certain veterans’ pension payments. Besides the proof of eligibility, each applicant must provide copies of utility bills. Printouts from utility companies will be accepted if items of service are displayed individually. The payment of each utility bill remains the responsibility of the individual or family. If a utility bill has been paid by the applicant, a credit will be given for future utility bills. This program is not responsible for a utility being shutoff between the time an application is made and payment is received by the utility company.

Crisis Assistance:

The LIHEAP program also provides energy crisis intervention to eligible households. The program provides for an energy payment and/or in-kind benefit up to a maximum benefit amount of $475.

To be eligible for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, the applicant’s household must meet the following requirements:

1. Income eligibility

2. Vulnerability

3. Threatened (disconnect notice) or actual interruption of service OR lacking a cooling/heating source

4. Faced with health and/or safety hazard

A household can receive only one crisis assistance benefit during a 12-month period.

Services are available to all persons on a non-discriminatory basis without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age or disability. Anyone who feels they have been discriminated against should contact the Office of Community Services, 208 Gleason St., Minden, LA, phone 318-377-7022 or Louisiana Association of Community Action Partnerships, Inc., 11637 Industrialplex Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA, phone 877-522-2728. Webster Parish Police Jury Office of Community Services is an equal opportunity employer/provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Call 318-377-7022, 318-539-5696, TDD 1-800-846-5277 for information.