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Funds made available for the 2021 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Webster Parish Community Services is offering the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Funds have been made available for fiscal year 2021 for non-crisis assistance as well as crisis assistance. Applicants will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Due to the continuing covid-19 pandemic, there will be no walk-ins at this time. 

Sorry for any inconvenience. 

TARGET GROUP: The target group 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 318-377-7022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., & 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. MONDAY – JANUARY 25, 2021 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 318-377-7022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021 on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

ALL OTHER GROUP: Individuals who do not qualify as target group. 

• Individuals from the south part of the parish, Minden, Sibley, Doyline, etc. may request assistance by calling 318-377-7022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., & 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2021 on a first-come, first serve basis. * Individuals from the north part of the parish, Springhill, Cullen, Cotton Valley, etc. may request assistance by calling 

318-377-7022, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2021 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 by telephone. 

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 median income 4-person family guidelines and not have 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 up to a maximum benefit amount of $475. To be eligible for LIHEAP Crisis Assistance, the applicant’s household must meet the following requirements: 

Income eligibility Vulnerability Threatened (disconnect notice) or actual interruption of service OR lacking a cooling/heating source Faced with health and/or safety hazard 

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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 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.