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MDHS provides energy assistance to low-income Mississippi families

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As the summer heat continues to sit at high temperatures, many Mississippians’ energy bills are rising to higher rates.

To help low-income earners, the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has announced the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to provide financial assistance to eligible households.

Those who qualify can use LIHEAP with costs associated with:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crisis
  • Purchase, repair, or replacement of air conditioners and heaters

To be eligible for LIHEAP, an applicant’s household income must be at or below 60 percent of the state median income, which is approximately $27,906.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria to qualify for LIHEAP, the MDHS provides bill payments to low-income elderly and disabled customers through Entergy Mississippi’s “The Power to Care Program.” Funds for the program, which is administered by the Salvation Army, are provided by donations from employees and customers. Donations are then matched up to $500,000 by Entergy shareholders.

“Rising temperatures and fuel costs are having an impact on Mississippians,” said Robert Anderson, Executive Director of the MDHS. “For many, LIHEAP and the Power to Care programs serve as a lifeline. Connecting these important resources to our neighbors is critical to our mission of offering Mississippians young and old tangible help today to create a lasting hope for tomorrow.”

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