The East Baton Rouge Parish Office of Social Services announced Dec. 7 the availability of low-income energy assistance funds dedicated to assist eligible low-income households with energy bill payments.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis according to names on a waiting list; to get on the waiting list, applicants must call their local Office of Social Services at parish community centers between 8 a.m. and noon on Fridays. Applications are taken by appointment only.

Applicants must provide, at minimum, the following documentation at time of applying: copy of each household member(s) Social Security card; proof of income of all household members; a copy of an energy bill within the last 6 months; photo identification of the applicant; and another piece of documentation that was mailed to the applicant at the service address indicated on the energy bill and that lists the same address indicated on the energy bill.

If it is determined that additional documentation is required, the applicant will be notified at time of application.

The nearest parish community centers for area residents are the Chaneyville Community Center, 13211 Jackson Road, and the Rural Program, 5736 Rollins Road, both in Zachary. Call the Chaneyville Center at (225) 658-9790 or the Rural Program at (225) 658-7494.

Additional community centers are located throughout Baton Rouge.