Thousands of Mississippians won’t have to worry about staying warm this winter, thanks to a program offered by the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. This important resource provides financial assistance to eligible households in managing cost associated with:
- Home Energy bills
- Energy Crisis
- Repair or replacement of heaters or furnaces
Households may qualify for regular LIHEAP assistance and/or the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) for natural gas, wood, electricity, liquid propane/butane gas and other energy-related services.
“Many of our vulnerable Mississippians, especially the elderly, disabled, and families with small children have difficulty paying their energy bills, and repairing their heating units,” MDHS Director of Community Services Tina Ruffin said. “Our goal is to help as many eligible families as possible not have to worry about how they will survive the cold winter months.
“Also, we ask that everyone check on their neighbors, family members and friends to make sure they have sufficient heat. The dedicated staff of the Mississippi Department of Human Services is here to refer families for this assistance.”
Individuals who have never received services may submit a Pre Application through the Virtual ROMA website at https://virtualroma.mdhs.ms.gov. This site is available nationwide, but services and funds are for residents of Mississippi only.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. Individuals without access to a computer may call the Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resource Agency (HRA) in their area. Refer to the agency directory for agency contact information and services location.
For more information and to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, visit https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/community-services/.