Low income families in Mississippi may be able to receive financial assistance from LIHEAP. The federal government created and funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program offers cash grants and financial assistance to low income residents, with a focus on seniors and families with children. Money can help pay utility bills and other costs and expenses that are involved in heating or cooling homes.
This resource may be the state’s most requested and utilized program. The Division of Community Services, Mississippi Department of Human Services partners with local community action agencies to administer it. A number of qualifications will need to be met by applicants, including income levels and energy usage. The amount of cash benefits paid out will vary based on funding and the applicant’s situation.
Two components of LIHEAP are offered in Mississippi. One is ECIP, or the Energy Crisis Intervention Program. The second is for paying ongoing utility bills. Both can pay for expenses that can be incurred from electricity, natural gas, liquid petroleum propane/butane gas, wood, electricity, and other energy methods.
ECIP can help those people weather related, household related emergencies, or supply shortages, and is offered for those who do have access to direct and/or timely network, and who are out of options. LIHEAP funds may be used to pay utility bills, and they can also be used to purchase air conditioners, fans, blankets, and other energy related products.
If your total household income and other requirements, such as number of family members, qualify for the LIHEAP program, then you may be assisted with Weatherization or bill payment assistance. All funding is limited, and is paid out on a first come-first served basis to needy Mississippi families. A primary beneficiary are low-income households, with special provisions and emphasis made to reach and serve disable/handicapped persons, homebound, and elderly.
AJFC Community Action Agency, Inc.
P.O. Box L
Natchez, MS 39121
Telephone :( 601) 442-8681
Counties supported include Adams, Claiborne, Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, and Lincoln.
Bolivar County Community Action Agency
Address - 810 E. Sunflower Road, Suite 120
Cleveland, MS 38732
Call (662) 846-1491
Central Mississippi, Inc.
P.O. Box 749
Winona, MS 38967
Telephone : (662) 283-4781
LIHEAP is offered for Attala, Carroll, Grenada, Holmes, Leflore, Montgomery, and Yalobusha County.
Coahoma Opportunities, Inc.
Clarksdale, MS 38614
Gulf Coast Community Action Agency, Inc.
500 24th Street
Gulfport, MS 39502-0519
Phone number:(228) 896-1409
Areas served are George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Stone
Hinds County Human Resource Agency
Jackson, MS 39225-2657
Jackson County Civic Action Committee, Inc.
5343 Jefferson Street
Moss Point, MS 39562-8723
Call (228) 769-3292
P.O. Box 2399
Tupelo, MS 38803-2399
Residents of MS towns of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Union can apply for LIHEAP
Madison County Citizens Services Agency
P.O. Box 1358
Canton, MS 39046
Mid-State Opportunity, Inc.
Charleston, MS 38921
Counties: Desoto, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica
Multi-County Community Service Agency, Inc.
2900 Saint Paul Street
Meridian, MS 39302-0905
Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, Smith, and Wayne County
Northeast Mississippi Community Service
801 Hatchie Street
Booneville, MS 38829
Call (662) 728-2118
Counties include Alcorn, Marshall, Prentiss, Tishomingo
Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc.
P.O. Box 188
Columbia, MS 39429
Phone (601) 736-9564
Counties served Covington, Forrest, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry
Prairie Opportunity, Inc.
P.O. Box 1526
Starkville, MS 39760
Main Telephone:(662) 323-3397
Residents of Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster, and Winston County can receive help
South Central Community Action Agency, Inc.
110 Fourth Street
D Lo, MS 39062
Main Telephone:(601) 847-5552
Areas supported are Copiah, Hinds, Lincoln, Madison, Pike, Rankin, Simpson, Walthall
Southwest Mississippi Opportunity, Inc.
P.O. Box 1667
McComb, MS 39649
Primary number (601) 684-5593
Amite, Pike, Walthall, Wilkinson Counties served
Sunflower-Humphreys Counties Progress
414 MLK Drive
P.O. Box 908
Indianola, MS 38751
Areas are Humphreys, Sunflower
United Community Action Agency Committee, Inc.
P.O. Box 338
Ashland, MS 38603
Telephone number:(601) 224-8912
Counties served Benton, Tippah
Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action Agency (WWISCAA)
P.O. Box 1813
Greenville, MS 38701-1813
Counties: Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, Washington