Heating assistance applications begin Dec.  3

Nov 25, 2012

One-time assistance with heating expenses will be available for qualified disabled or senior citizens through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) beginning Dec. 3.

The LIEAP program, which is administered through Mountain Projects and the Haywood County Department of Social Services, provides for a one-time annual payment for heating assistance for qualified low-income households that include disabled persons receiving assistance through the Division of Aging and Adult Services or households that include at least one member who is age 60 or older. The payment, which is made directly to the vendor providing heating services, ranges from $200 to $400, depending on household size and income.

To be eligible, families must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Households must meet an income test. Verification of income will be required for each household member for the month prior to the month you visit the agency to apply;
  • The household must be responsible for its heating bills;
  • Households cannot have resources over $2,200; and
  • Households must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien.

Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at Mountain Projects, located at 2251 Old Balsam Road in Waynesville; and on Fridays at the Department of Social Services, located in Suite 300, 157 Paragon Parkway, in Clyde. Applications will continue to be taken through March 31, 2013 as long as funds remain available.

For more information, please contact Carole Edwards, Community Resources Supervisor for Haywood County DSS, at 828.452.6620.

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