New Hanover County residents can receive assistance with heating costs

Posted November 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm     Category: News ReleaseSocial Services

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Department of Social Services will begin taking Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applications on December 1 for qualified households. The program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families pay their heating expenses.

“Last year, we helped 2,829 New Hanover County households through LIEAP and they each received much-needed assistance with their heating bill,” said Social Services Director Michelle Winstead. “We are ready to help even more people stay safe and warm in their homes this winter.”

In order to qualify, households must be responsible for their heating expenses and meet income and other eligibility criteria. If eligible, energy payments are made directly to the heating provider.

From December 1 through December 31, applications will only be taken for households with an elderly person age 60 and above, or households with a disabled person receiving SSI, SSA, or VA benefits who also receives services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

From January 2 through March 31, applications will be taken for any eligible household, as long as funds are available. Heating bill and verification of all household income must be provided at the time of application.

Applications must be done in person at the Department of Social Services, located at 1650 Greenfield Street. For more information, contact Social Services at 910-798-3400.

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Release Contact:
Jessica Loeper
Communication & Outreach Coordinator

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