Webster Parish Community Services is offering the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Funds have been made available for fiscal year 2018 for non-crisis assistance as well as crisis assistance. Applicants will be served on a first come, first serve basis.
Sign up date is Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.
The target groups for this program are elderly, disabled, and families with children five years of age or younger.
Target 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, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 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 a.m. and noon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Individuals who do not qualify as target group may also request assistance.
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 noon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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 noon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 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 percent median 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.
The LIHEAP program also provides energy crisis intervention to eligible households. The program provides for an energy payment and 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. Threatened (disconnect notice) or actual interruption of service OR lacking a cooling/heating source
3. Faced with health andlor safety hazard
A household can receive only one crisis assistance benefit during a 12-month period. Services are available to all persons on a nondiscriminatory 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 Housing Corporation, 2415 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA, phone 888-454-2001.
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.