WPOCS moves funds to cooling program

By Paige Nash

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has begun their Cooling Assistance Program for the upcoming summer months.  

Summer can mean dangerously high heat for many people. As a federally funded program, they assist households who may have to make the difficult choice between paying for home cooling or other family essentials and help reduce the risk of health and safety problems that may arise from unsafe cooling practices.  

Executive Director of Webster Parish Office of Community Services Melinda Davidson said, “They allowed us to move the remainder of the money that was in heating to cooling for the crisis.” 

The program usually funds an amount of $12,000, but with the remainder of the heating money being added it brought the initial starting amount to $44,000.  

The target group for this program are the elderly, disabled and families with children five years of age and younger. You may request assistance by calling 318-377-7022.