The NC Department of Health and Human Services will begin accepting applications through county social services departments for the state’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP).
The federally funded program helps households with low incomes with a one-time payment made directly to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of keeping their homes warm.
Households including persons aged 60 or older, or disabled individuals receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services who have a life-threatening or health-related emergency due to a lack of heating, are eligible to sign up for assistance Dec. 2–31, 2019. All eligible households may apply from Jan. 2–March 31, 2020—or until funds are exhausted.
“This funding can help assist eligible individuals and families with their heating expenses during the winter months. We want to ensure families are healthy and safe during some of the most difficult times of the year,” said David Locklear, Deputy Director of Economic and Family Services in the Division of Social Services.
To apply, individuals should contact their county department of social services. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted.
To be eligible, a household must:
- Have at least one US citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
- Have income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty limit; for example:
– for a household of one, a gross monthly income of $1,353
– for a family of four, a gross monthly income of $2,790
- Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts or cash on hand, at or below $2,250
- Be responsible for their heating cost
For more information on the program and eligibility, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance.