LIHEAP provides energy bill assistance to low-income households

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – High energy bills have popped up all over southwest Louisiana, but luckily there are programs to help you make ends meet.

Calcasieu Parish officials explained how the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) works.

“It’s for people who are eligible for assistance, using public services right now. How the program works depends on the size of the household. It would depend on the size of the household and it would go into the monthly limit of your total gross income,” said Courtney Jacobs of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

The mission behind this program is to provide financial assistance to low-income households to avoid the interruption of public services.

“Year over year, I would say last year in 2021 we helped about 6,000 clients,” Jacobs said.

In Ascension Parish, LIHEAP has run out of funds to help people, but here in Calcasieu there is still plenty of money to help you if you are struggling to pay your utility bills.

“Right now we certainly have money to spend on the program during the chill season. We’re not in crisis or anything short of allocations right now. So if you need help, now would be a great time to call and get that help,” Jacobs said.

If you want to apply for LIHEAP, you can call the hotline at 337-721-4030.

Of course, this isn’t the only utility bill relief program in the area. Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana issued the following statement:

“We offer utility assistance on a limited basis in the five southwestern Louisiana parish area each week. We take calls Monday mornings starting at 9 a.m. each week.

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