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Low Income Energy Assistance

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a Federally-funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. 

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

Households that meet the following criteria may be eligible:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Meet an income test
  • Have reserves at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for its heating costs

Eligibility

The following chart describes the Low Income Energy Assistance Eligibility Requirements.

Eligibility Requirement What's Needed How Often
Identity ID, Contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation At application
Address Lease, rental agreement, any other shelter expenses, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation At application or situation, if moving
Citizenship/ Alien Status Verification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service At application
Social Security Number Valid social security card or number At application
Earned Income: Wages/Self-Employment Wage stubs, tax forms contacting employer At application
Unearned Income: Public Benefits/ Private Retirement Benefits/Trust, etc. Documents from provider, award letter At application
Assets/Resources Ownership and tax records - bank and court documents At application
Heating Expense Copy of bills At application

Low-Income Energy Assistance Income Levels Based on 130% of Federal Poverty

How to Apply

Households including a person aged 60 or older, or an individual receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services, are eligible to sign up for assistance from Dec. 1 – 31. All other households may apply from Jan. 1 – March 31, or until funds are exhausted. Contact your local Department of Social Services for the application dates and for additional information on LIEAP.

Contact

For more information, please contact your local Department of Social Services or contact us.