Applications for Heating Bill Assistance Open Dec. 1


The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Dec. 1, 2016.

Households containing a person aged 60 or more, or an individual receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to apply for assistance from Dec. 1 - 31. All other households may apply from Jan. 1 - March 31, 2017, or until funds are exhausted.

The energy assistance program is federally-funded and provides a one-time payment directly to the utility company to help eligible households pay their heating bills during the cold-weather months. Last year, the program provided approximately $33 million to help more than 128,000 households pay their heating bills from December 2015 through March 2016.

For more information, contact your local county Department of Social Services. A list of these offices and contact information is available here.


The Division of Social Services provides guidance and technical assistance to agencies that provide direct services to address issues of poverty, family violence and exploitation. The Division promotes self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and works to prevent abuse, neglect, dependency and exploitation of vulnerable individuals, children and their families.

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