Assistance available for energy bills

The East Baton Rouge Parish Office of Social Services is announcing the availability of money dedicated to assist eligible low-income households with energy pay-
ments.

All applications are taken on a first-come, first-served basis according to the names on the waiting list.

To be placed on the waiting list for assistance, residents are asked to call Office of Social Services locations based in community centers around the parish from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Applications are taken by appointment only and will be taken beginning Monday.

An eligible household is one whose total income is at or below the levels listed in the table above and which has not received a previous benefit within the past six months.

Applicants must provide, at a minimum, the following documentation at the time the application is taken: copies of each household member’s social security card, proof of income of all household members age 18 or older, a copy of an energy bill from the last 12 months, photo identification of the applicant and another document that was mailed to the applicant at the address on the energy bill.

If it is determined additional documentation is required, the applicant will be notified at the time of application.

Households reporting zero income must provide additional documentation.

All information provided is subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution of the applicant and anyone assisting in the misrepresen-
tation.

Income-eligible applicants who have received a disconnect notice and who have not received assistance for a disconnect notice in the prior 12 months also may apply.

Application sites are: Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, Zachary; Rural Program, 5736 Rollins Road, Zachary; and in Baton Rouge, Central Office, 4523 Plank Road; Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.; Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center, 950 East Washington St.; Dr. Martin L. King Community Center, 4000 Gus Young Ave.; and Jewel J. Newman Community Center (North Baton Rouge Community Center), 2013 Central Road.