Federal government releases LIHEAP funds to help pay utility bills
JACKSON, Miss. –Mississippi has been hit with several bouts of extremely cold weather this winter, and that is heating up many customers’ electric bills. But just in time, the federal government has released LIHEAP funds to help low-income, elderly and disabled Mississippians pay their energy bills. The state recently received more than $3.7 million in sequestered and additional funds for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. That brings the total for the 2014 fiscal year to more than $30 million.
“Every day our low-income customers struggle to make ends meet,” said Valarie Mabry, Entergy Mississippi public affairs analyst. “When extreme weather hits and affects utility bills, it creates an added strain on their budgets, so we’re working hard to get the word out that help is available.”
LIHEAP funds are administered through the Mississippi Department of Human Services, which provides funding to local community action agencies.
“Community action agencies across the state have seen an increase in requests for energy assistance,” said Tina Ruffin, director of MDHS Division of Community Services. “Cold weather means greater energy consumption which translates to higher energy bills. These agencies have funds available to help offset these costs for those who qualify."
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Entergy Mississippi employees, shareholders and customers also contribute to The Power to Care, a special fund that provides emergency utility assistance for elderly and disabled customers. The Salvation Army and our partners in this program use money from the fund to help pay the electric bills of qualifying customers. For a list of Power to Care agencies for Mississippi, visit
In addition, Entergy provides all customers a variety of payment and money-saving options at
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 $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.