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Programs Ending for 2020

Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. will close its Summer Utility Assistance Programs (Regular, Crisis, and CARES) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

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2020 Coronavirus Aid

Marc Baker, Executive Director of Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. announced today that funds will be available to assist residents of Crawford and Sebastian counties with their past due heating and cooling bills beginning Monday, July 27, 2020.  These funds are Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.  If you are a resident of Crawford or Sebastian Counties and meet the income guidelines, you may apply for assistance.  You must supply both utility bills, unless you are total electric.

Eligibility for summer utility assistance is determined by the amount of income a family receives.  To be eligible, the following income guidelines apply:

     Household Size                  Monthly Income

     1 person                        $ 1,696.00

     2 persons                       $ 2,218.00

     3 persons                       $ 2,740.00

     4 persons                       $ 3,275.00

     5 persons                       $ 3,835.00

     6 persons                       $ 4,395.00

     7 persons                       $ 4,955.00

     8 persons                       $ 5,515.00

For each additional family member above 8 persons, add $560.00.  These income amounts are slightly higher than last year, which allows more families to receive benefits.

Applicants must furnish both utility bills, unless you are total electric, social security numbers for all household members, proof of identification and proof of income for the previous month.  This is the basic information, but once the interview is conducted other verification may be requested.  With the new COVID-19 requirements, appointments will not be scheduled at this time.  The interviews will be conducted by phone so you must supply a phone where you can be reached.

With the COVID-19 Virus we have received a more friendly definition of a Crisis, if you have a past due balance or have made a Delayed Payment Arrangement, we can now considered this a Crisis. When the utility companies start issuing disconnect notices again, those will also be a considered a Crisis, as they have been in the past.

You may request an application by e-mail, utilities@cscdccaa.org, and phone, 479-785-2303 extension 100, 102, and 103.  Please do NOT leave a request on each extension, chose ONE and leave your name and address then an application packet will be mailed to you.  We do not need a reason why you are calling for an application, we know that you are in need if you are requesting an application.  So, please keep your messages short and precise.

When you receive the application, please complete the application, supply the basic documentation listed above, and drop of at 1617 S. Zero in the drop box, or you may fax it to 479-709-9078 or scan it and e-mail it to utilities@cscdccaa.org. The application must be completely filled out and signed.  If more information is needed we will contact you by mail with a written request for the information.

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2020 Utility Assistance

Baker, Executive Director of Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, Inc. announced today that funds will be available to assist residents of Crawford and Sebastian counties with their shut-off bills beginning Monday, February 3, 2020. If you are a resident of Crawford or Sebastian Counties and meet the income guidelines, you may apply for assistance. You must bring both utility bills, unless you are total electric.

Eligibility for winter utility assistance is determined by the amount of income a family receives. To be eligible, the following income guidelines apply:

Household Size                              Monthly Income

1 person                                         $ 1,696.00

2 persons                                        $ 2,218.00

3 persons                                        $ 2,740.00

4 persons                                        $ 3,261.00

5 persons                                        $ 3,783.00

6 persons                                        $ 4,305.00

7 persons                                        $ 4,403.00

8 persons                                        $ 4,501.00

For each additional family member above 8 persons, add $98.00. These income amounts are slightly higher than last year, which allows more families to receive benefits.

Applicants must furnish a current shut-off utility heating bill. You must also furnish a gas and electric bill (unless you are total electric), proof of monthly income for all household members 18 years old and over, Social Security numbers for all household members, and date of birth on all household members. If you need additional information, you may call 479-785-2303 extension 100 beginning Monday, February 3, 2020. Doors open at 8 a.m. Clients are urged to make an appointment in person at 1617 S. Zero, Fort Smith, AR. Phone messages will not be returned.