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​Energy Assistance Applications Being Accepted Now


houseMecklenburg County’s Department of Social Services is taking Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) applications from residents. The LIEAP is a  federally funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.      

Applications will be accepted through March 31 or until funds are exhausted. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

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 (FPL)
  • Have reserves at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for its heating bills


Payments will be made directly to utility companies. Payments will not be made to the applicant.  Everyone who is eligible must apply. No one will be automatically approved. All applicants are encouraged to continue to pay their utility bill as normal. 

Applications can be made at the following DSS locations:
Kuralt Center, 301 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, or
Chapin Hall, 3205 Freedom Drive, Charlotte

What to bring

  • Valid identification
  • Proof of income
  • Utility bill (if not in your name, proof of responsibility for payment must be verified)
  • \Valid social security number when available