Many of us turned the heat on for the first time this past weekend without a second thought to the cost of warming up our homes, but some of our neighbors don’t have that luxury. Heating a home can get expensive quickly, and it’s a cost some have to weigh against other necessities like groceries and rent.
But, for people who are disabled, elderly individuals, and young children, living in an under-heated home can lead to health complications, or even death.
Qualifying households can apply for assistance through the federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Assistance program to ensure their homes properly heated this winter.
The program provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.
Households containing an elderly person age 60 and above, or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), are eligible to potentially receive benefits Dec. 1-March 31, or until funds are exhausted.
Those living in low-income households can potentially receive benefits from Jan. 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted.
A household that applies must meet the following requirements:
- 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 bills
Applicants should bring qualifying information, including bring proof of income for the previous month for all household members and a copy of a recent electric bill and gas or oil bill.
Applications are available through the Carteret County Department of Social Services, 210 Craven St., Beaufort, between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. Call 252-728-3181 and choose option five for more information.