Chalmette, La. - Low income residents in St. Bernard may be able to take advantage of free money being made available to assist with energy payments. St. Bernard Parish Government Department of Housing and Redevelopment is taking applications to help residents with their Entergy and Atmos bills. Residents living in St. Bernard must meet certain income requirements, and make an appointment by phone. Parish officials stress that they will only meet with residents who have appointments. Walk-ins will not be seen. The number to call to set up an appointment is 504-278-4468. Appointments will begin on Friday, March 15th, and will be set up on a first come, first serve basis.
An eligible household is one whose total monthly income is below the levels listed below, and who have not received a previous benefit within the past six months. Applicants with a DISCNONNECT notice and who have not received a benefit for a disconnect notice in the past 12 months may also apply.
Applicants must fill out an application, and provide, at a minimum, the following documentation:
1. Drivers License of State ID of applicant and head of household
2. Social Security cards for all members of the household
3. Proof of income for all members of the household including anyone in the household over 18*
4. Copy of the energy bill (assistance is provided for Entergy and Atmos ONLY, no water)
5. Secondary proof of residency if the address on the ID does not match the service address
6. Current Award Letter for food stamps (if applicable)
7. Current Utility Allowance if the applicant is on the HCV Program
*Anyone in the household over the age of 18 who is unemployed will be required to fill out and sign a "Zero Income" form, and it must be completed in order for the application to be processed.
Applicants without complete documentation will not be processed, and will have to call for a second appointment.
If it is determined that additional documentation is required, the applicant will have 5 working days to return the proper documentation, before the application is denied for lack of documentation. All information is subject to verification. Intentional misrepresentation of information may result in criminal prosecution.