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Public invited to comment on how federal energy assistance dollars will be spent

Release Date: April 22, 2009
Contact: Lori Walston, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH -- The public is invited to comment on how federal funds in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant will be spent next year.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides heating and cooling assistance, weatherization and crisis assistance. States are given broad latitude under block grant funding to design and operate their own programs, under certain restrictions. Last year 322,362 North Carolina households were assisted using funds from this grant. This year’s block grant amount is estimated to be $56 million.

Anyone interested may review the LIHEAP Block Grant during the week of May 4 – May 8, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

  •  Any of the 100 county departments of social services,
  • The N.C. Division of Social Services, Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC, Room 819,
  • On the web

The public hearing will be held on Friday, May 8, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 1068 of the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC.   

Written comments will be accepted in each office listed above or by mail, postmarked by May 8, to:

Sherry S. Bradsher
LIHEAP Plan Comments
N.C. Division of Social Services
2420 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2420