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​Energy Assistance Applications Being Accepted

11/29/2018

image of a houseThe 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. The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services will be taking LIEAP applications from residents who meet the following criteria beginning on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018:
 
A household that applies must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or qualified alien
  • Have income below 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Have reserves at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for its heating bills
  • Provide proof of child support payments or daycare payments made to receive deductions for those expenses.
     


During the month of December, priority eligibility will be given to persons with disabilities who receive services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), or households in which a member of the household is age 60 or older. Applications for those households will be taken Dec. 3 through 31, 2018 or until funds are exhausted.
 
Applications for all other households will be taken from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted. 
 
Applicants will not be approved automatically. In additions to the application, an interview will be required. Applicants are encouraged to continue to pay their utility bills as normal. If approved, a one-time payment will be made directly to the applicant’s utility company. Payments will not be made to the applicant.   
 
Applications can be made at the Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N Tryon St., Charlotte Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
What to bring:

  • Valid identification 
  • Proof of income
  • A current utility bill (if not in applicant’s name, proof of responsibility for payment must be verified)
  • Valid social security number