Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Are Being Accepted Starting on Dec. 3

Post Date:11/30/2018 8:00 AM

Households in Dare County containing a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 3. All households can apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300 or $400.

Last year, the program provided approximately $32 million to help 128,160 households pay their heating bills from December 2017 through March 2018.
To be eligible, a person must: 

• Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
• Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit,
• Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
• Be responsible for their heating cost

Dare County households who want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person at the Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Division of Social Services office locations in Manteo and Frisco.

Applications from households with a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving benefits from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services from Monday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. All households may apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance program, go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance. Or call Dare County Department of Health & Human Services’ Family Support Services Supervisor, Leigh Bracy at 252.475.5500.
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