Pearl River Valley Opportunity, Inc.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
CSBG/LIHEAP Director: Doneater Mack
LIHEAP is designed to ensure that low-income households are afforded an opportunity to offset the high cost of energy demands by providing direct financial assistance and energy conservation information.

LIHEAP funds are used to pay energy bills and provide services to help clients consume less energy in their homes. PRVO also uses LIHEAP funds to purchase air conditioners in the summer months for elderly and disabled clients, as well as clients who have serious medical conditions. In addition, LIHEAP funds are used to purchase heaters and other energy related items to help clients who do not have adequate heating in the winter months.

In order to receive the above services you must be income eligible. These services are provided to individuals at or below the poverty guidelines mandated by the state.

PRVO’s LIHEAP Program is guided by five goals:

  1. To target and provide financial and consumer education to low-income households with the greatest energy needs, taking into account both energy consumption and vulnerability of one or more of the households’ members (disabled, elderly, children) while at the same time reducing the client’s burden of energy cost/consumption

  2. To increase energy affordability.

  3. To increase efficiency of energy consumption.

  4. To perform leveraging activities to serve additional clients or provide a greater level of assistance to stabilize clients.

  5. To perform whole-house weatherization measures using LIHEAP funds, targeting households in which at least one member is elderly, disabled or a young child to reduce the energy cost/consumption of the household.

It is important to note that PRVO does not operate LIHEAP as a stand alone program. LIHEAP and CSBG are integrated into one program through the case management approach. LIHEAP will be used with CSBG to help clients reach stability or self-sufficiency. Individuals interested in receiving LIHEAP services should contact their local PRVO office.

PRVO’s eight (8) county service area 2009 allocation is $3,443,650.00 for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This allocation is disbursed between the following counties:

Covington County
500 9th Street
Collins, MS 39428

Forrest County
714 Williams Street
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Jeff Davis County
1025 3rd Street
Prentiss, MS 39474

Jones County
130 North 12th Avenue
Laurel, MS 39440

Lamar County
103-A Shelby Speight Drive
Purvis, MS 39475

Marion County
1183 Highway 13 South
Columbia, MS 39429

Pearl River County (Poplaville)
417 Highway 11 North
Poplarville, MS 39470

Pearl River County (Picayune)
7012 Highway 11 North, Suite D
Carriere, MS 39426
601-749-7729 or 601-749-7730

Perry County
105 Main Street Suite 6-8
New Augusta, MS 39462

Central Office
756 Highway 98 Bypass
Columbia, MS 39429

Eligibility for January 2009 will be at 150% OMB poverty guidelines for LIHEAP only

All clients must adhere to agency case plan established by client and agency to receive services

Number in Household 150 % Category 125% Category 100% Category 75% Category
1 15,600 13,000 10,400 7,800
2 21,000 17,500 14,000 10,500
3 26,400 22,000 17,600 13,200
4 31,800 26,500 21,200 15,900
5 37,200 31,000 24,800 18,600
6 42,600 35,500 28,400 21,300
7 48,000 40,000 32,000 24,000
8 53,400 44,500 35,600 26,700
For each additional member add 5,400 4,500 3,600 2,700

Income is based on the client’s annual household income.