The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has announced that homes across Hinds County affected financially by the area’s water crisis may qualify for supplemental Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) payments.
Payments totaling $1,250 will be evenly divided between each household’s gas and electricity service providers before being sent directly to the locations of said providers. The amount of the payments will be distributed to providers based on the primary heating source used in the residence. This means if a residence is primarily heated by gas, the majority of the payment will be sent to the gas provider.
“We know many Hinds County residents have been impacted and are experiencing additional financial stress related to the recent flooding and the lack of water in the Jackson area,” said Executive Director Bob Anderson. “MDHS offers this supplemental assistance to provide relief to those households in anticipation of rising heating costs in the coming fall and winter months.”
Only households that have previously been determined eligible and received payment for LIHEAP benefits from January 1, 2022, through August 30, 2022, qualify. Mississippi residences in need of assistance with utility and water bills are encouraged to apply for services through www.access.ms.gov.