Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Keeps North Carolina Families Warm

Raleigh – Low-income North Carolina families struggling with winter heating bills may apply for help through an assistance program run through county departments of social services.

More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating bills through the state-administered Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The federally funded program helps keep families safe and healthy by providing a one-time payment directly to the utility company.

Last winter, more than 120,000 families benefited from $38 million in assistance. The frigid start to 2018 that brought several inches of snow to most of the state left many North Carolina households reeling from unusually high heating costs.

“These funds assist families who have experienced an unusually high heating cost this year,” said Wayne Black, director of the Division of Social Services. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to help families stay warm during the winter season.”

County departments of social services are accepting applications for the program through March 31 or until funds are exhausted. More than $27 million in LIEAP funds have been distributed to families across the state since December.

For more information and to apply for assistance, people should contact their county department of social services: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss/local-county-social-services-offices.