The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has received $8.2 million for its Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Through this funding, two revamped programs aimed at electrical utility assistance for low income Arkansans, known as COVID funding will be offered: Supplemental Crisis Program and Summer Cooling Program.

The programs began Monday and will continue through September, with monthly amounts increased from $500 per month to $1,500 per month.

The assistance is designed to ease substantial accumulated bills and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shut-off notices are not required, but a past-due notice is necessary to qualify.

Income guidelines per year for different household sizes are as follows: one, $20,352; two, $26,616; three, $32,880; four, $39,300; five, $46,020; six, $52,740; seven, $59,460; eight, $66,180.

For more information, Lawrence County residents can call the local Black River Area Development office at 870-886-5461.

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