Goal is to increase funding of essential aid for Mississippi residents
JACKSON, Miss. – While financially vulnerable families in local communities struggle to meet basic needs such as heating and cooling costs, advocates from Entergy Mississippi are meeting face-to-face with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill March 26 to urge increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
By participating in LIHEAP Action Day, company and community advocates aim to expand support to the life-saving program. LIHEAP helps customers in need afford to keep their homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Unfortunately, funding of this vital federal program has dropped by more than a third from $5.1 billion in 2009 to $3.4 billion today. This reduction in funding limits the amount of money available for more than 365,600 qualifying households in Mississippi.
During LIHEAP Action Day, Entergy representatives and community partners will be making the case to get LIHEAP funding restored. The goal is to secure LIHEAP funding of at least $4.7 billion for 2015. This could result in as much as $479 million in assistance for families in the company’s four-state service territory.
“This increase could mean as much as $45 million in assistance, capable of helping thousands of qualifying households in Mississippi,” said Amy Davidson, Entergy Mississippi customer service specialist.
Participating in LIHEAP Action Day is just one of the many ways Entergy is working to help its low-income customers. Read more about Entergy’s
low-income initiatives here.
Click here for the “Mississippi Needs LIHEAP” fact sheet.
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to more than 437,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees.