FY 2015/2016 Low-Income Energy Programs
Federal | Utility | Charitable


LIHEAP Contact
Public Inquires: 1-800-421-0762 or 601-359-4768 (local)

LIHEAP Administering Agency Contacts

Weatherization Assistance Program
Local Administering Agency Contacts

LIHEAP FY 2016 Funding (including tribal awards)
$26,049,544 (Initial CR Release)

LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income

LIHEAP FY 2016 Benefit
Heating and cooling: $1 minimum, $1,500 maximum
Crisis: $1,500 maximum

LIHEAP Households Served in FY 2014
Heating: 29,717
Cooling: 23,252
Winter/Year-round Crisis: 2,142
Summer Crisis: 829

LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating: October 1 - April 30
Cooling: May 1 - September 30
Crisis: January 1 - September 30
Weatherization: Year-round


Low-Income Rate Assistance

Mississippi Power
Monthly base charge is waived ($0.59 per day) for eligible low-income and elderly customers receiving SSI or TANF.

Low-Income Energy Efficiency

Entergy Mississippi
Helping Hands
The program has an annual goal of weatherizing 100 homes with techniques such as weather-stripping, replacing old doors and windows, caulking, and plugging up drafts. Entergy Mississippi purchases all the necessary materials and conducts training for volunteer organizations that provide the labor.

Emergency Charitable Assistance

Please note these charitable funds are last resort emergency funds with limited resources and limited times of operation.

Atmos Energy
Sharing the Warmth
Customer donations combine with company donations to help people pay their gas bills. The program is administered by the Salvation Army in MS and all donations go directly to Atmos customers in need that meet criteria established by the Salvation Army. To contact the nearest energy assistance agency in your area visit www.atmosenergy.com/faq/eaa.html

Columbus Light & Water
Share One
Funds will be used for families who show a temporary need because of job loss or other demonstrated inability to pay their utility bill. Applicants pay history will be reviewed prior to receipt of assistance. Those who qualify for the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance program are not eligible. Otherwise, Helping Hands gives first consideration to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families below the poverty line. Families wishing to apply for assistance through Helping Hands can call 662-328-8301.


Mississippi Power
Project Share
Provides emergency assistance to elderly and disabled who need help with their energy bills. Project SHARE is administered by the United Way and funded by electric utility customers who donate through their monthly electric bills. Contact your local Untied Way for assistance, http://apps.unitedway.org/myuw/luindex.cfm?id=browseCities&abbr=MS&app.

Tupelo Water & Light
Tupelo Cares
A fund built on voluntary contributions of customers that is used to aid people facing energy bill woes. The elderly, disabled, the poor or people who face financial stress because of job layoffs or illness may qualify for help. A household could get as much as $150 in assistance on an electric bill, during a 12-month period.

Page last updated: November 9, 2015