Arkansas receives over $8 million to go toward energy bill help, air conditioning program

$6.9M will go to energy bill crisis program, $1.23 million will go to air conditioning program

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark — Arkansas will receive an $8.2 million in coronavirus relief funding that will go toward enhancing the LIHEAP program which helps residents with home energy bills and provides cooling services to vulnerable, low-income Arkansans.

Mitchell Simpson, the director of the Arkansas Energy Office, spoke at Governor Hutchinson's daily COVID-19 press briefing about the relaunch of the LIHEAP program.

Simpson said $6.9 million will go to the energy bill crisis program and $1.23 million will go to the air conditioning program.

The three changes to the program:

  • Adds housing energy help in winter months, no longer just summer
  • The maximum is now $1,500 in benefits as opposed to $500
  • You can submit a past due notice, no longer a present shut-off notice

The rest of the CARES act will be allocated to an air conditioning program that will help qualified residents. READ MORE.

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