Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Assistance to 8,000 Arkansas Families
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Employees of
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. are joining forces with other low-income advocates in
Washington, DC, to urge Congress to find $5.1 billion for America''s front-line
energy assistance program. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps
low-income citizens pay utility bills for heating in the winter and cooling in
According to a new study from Indiana
University, tough economic times have driven millions of Americans into poverty
in recent years and those numbers will increase even as the economy rebounds.
The US Census Bureau ranks Arkansas as having the third-highest poverty rate in
the nation with 18.8 percent of Arkansans living at or below the poverty level.
Meanwhile, LIHEAP funding has been reduced by nearly 40 percent over the last
“If LIHEAP funding is cut as
proposed, it will mean 8,000 fewer families will be served in Arkansas,” said
Jay Hartman, manager of customer operations support for Entergy. “We’ve got to
do all we can to help our neighbors and fellow Arkansans find the means to pay
for essential heating and cooling.”
Although LIHEAP prioritizes families
with preschoolers, elderly or disabled members, many US veterans and their
families need LIHEAP. In fact, 20 percent of LIHEAP households are veterans, and
in some cases, the families of active-duty service men and women.
Entergy employees and charitable
groups are participating in the National Fuel Funds Network’s Action Day for Low
Income Home Energy Assistance Program to call for more funding at the federal
level. Entergy has many programs designed to meet the needs of its low-income
customers including The Power to Care Fund made up of contributions from
customers, employees, and shareholders. However, even with these programs and
charitable organizations, the needs still outpace available resources.
We and many others are asking
Congress to provide $5.1 billion for LIHEAP,” said Hartman. “Families in
vulnerable situations are turning to LIHEAP in record numbers to make it through
these still tough times."
Citizens can stay connected to the
discussion and can even sign an online petition in support of LIHEAP funding by
and clicking on “LIHEAP Action Day”.
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. provides
electricity to 692,000 customers in 63 counties. 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, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
Twitter: @ EntergyArk