If you live in Mississippi and are looking for electric bill assistance, there are a few different options for you to choose from. As with all states, help with your utility bills in Mississippi comes from federal, state and local government sources, from non profit charities, and from utility companies.
Government Assistance Programs
As with most states, one of the biggest sources of electric bill help in Mississippi is through LIHEAP, which stands for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Through LIHEAP, low income household and individuals can receive assistance for paying their utility bills and other energy related services.
You may qualify for one of two programs through LIHEAP. The first program, called the Energy Crisis Intervention Program (EIC), is for emergency energy related services.
In addition to EIC, LIHEAP offers regular financial assistance for your normal electric, gas, or energy bill. With these two programs, LIHEAP is probably the best known and most widely used program for utility bill help in the state.
In addition to help with your monthly bill, you may also be eligible form the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). With WAP, you can have improvements made to your home that will make it safer and more comfortable and save you money on your electric and heating bills.
For information on LIHEAP or WAP, call 1-800-421-0762.
Help from Utility Companies
Assistance with your energy bill may also be available to you directly from your power or utility company. If you are low income, receive SSI benefits, are elderly, or if you are facing some type of emergency situation, try contacting your utility company directly. Each company has their own programs and requirements.
Help from Charities
If the above programs are unable to assist you, or if you have already received help from them but need additional assistance, charitable assistance may be your last resort. Funds through charities are often very limited, and are generally only available as last resort emergency funds.
The following organizations may offer emergency charitable assistance. Contact numbers are listed.
Alcorn County Electric Power Association
Sharing the Warmth
Columbus Light and Water
Tupelo Water and Light
If you are in need of electric or utility bill help in Mississippi, contact one of the above programs to receive the assistance you need.
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