Federal energy assistance can be critical 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.
The 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.
Only 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. 1-31 or until funds are exhausted.
Any household can potentially receive benefits from Jan. 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted. Applications are available through the Carteret County Department of Social Services and Craven County Department of Social Services.
A household that applies must:
Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria Meet an income test: bring proof of income for the previous month for all household members Have reserves at or below $2,250 Be responsible for its heating bills: bring a copy of a recent electric bill if you heat with electricity
Applications are available to qualifying Carteret and Craven county residents through the following social services agencies:
Carteret County Department of Social Services
252.728.3181 Option 5
210 Craven Street., Beaufort, NC 28516
Craven County Department of Social Services
2818 Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, NC 28561
Other county agencies administering the program can be found at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance