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

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.

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.

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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. 

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The qualifications include elderly, disabled, children aged 5 and younger, and/or a medical condition that can be verified.

Both programs will launch Monday, July 27.

We will update this article with contact information for the agencies to reference any questions once they are announced.