This is the time of the year where Dare County residents begin to prepare for the cold winter months that are approaching. Much work is done to prepare our homes for winter and thermostats are turned up. Winter heating bills can be an overwhelming cost to many families. Fortunately, help is available to those who meet eligibility requirements.
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. This federally-funded program provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.
Households with an elderly person age 60 and above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to receive benefits from Dec. 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted. Any household can potentially receive benefits from Jan. 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted.
A household that applies must:
Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
Be income eligible
Have reserves at or below $2,200
Be responsible for its heating bills
Individuals who are interested in applying for assistance can visit the Department of Health & Human Services’ Social Services campus in Manteo, located at 107 Exeter St., or the Department of Health & Human Services’ Social Services campus in Frisco, located at 50347 Highway 12.
Applicants should bring the following to complete the application process:
Identity Card- driver’s license or ID card
Proof of Address- a lease, rental agreement, or any other shelter expenses
Proof of Citizenship/Alien Status- verification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service
Social Security Number- a valid card or number
Earned Income- wage stubs or tax forms
Unearned Income- documents from providers or award letters regarding public benefits, private retirement benefits, or trust benefits
Assets and Resources- ownership records, tax records, bank documents, or court documents
Heating Expense- copy of bills
Energy Assistance is important to all that receive it, but more so if someone in your home may especially be at risk for a life-threatening illness or death if their home is too cold in the winter. For more information on the LIEAP program, please contact the Department of Health & Human Services at 252-475-5500.