October 16, 2002
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES CAN APPLY FOR HEATING HELP FROM STATE
Charlotte, NC -- A program aimed at assisting people who need help with their heating costs will accept applications for two weeks starting Nov. 4, and ending on Nov. 15.
The North Carolina Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is administered locally by the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services. The program gives eligible families a one-time cash payment to help pay their heating costs. The check is mailed in early February.
Program coordinators say they want to get the word out because of the limited application period. An elderly or disabled person who is unable to apply in person can send a representative or call the DSS LIEAP Hotline at (704) 353-1336 for assistance.
Applications will be taken in Charlotte from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9. The site is at the Community Services Center at 500 Spratt St. in Charlotte, next door to Crisis Assistance Ministry.
In northern Mecklenburg County, applications will be taken in Davidson on Nov. 6, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ada Jenkins Community Center, 212 Gamble St. Call (704) 892-5790 for directions.
Eligible families or households must meet an income test, be responsible for its heating bills, cannot have assets over $2,200, and the household must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien. Some households receiving Food Stamps, as of Sept. 30, will be automatically eligible for LIEAP.
Applicants will need the following information:
· Information about the household's income. Bring all wage stubs for the month of October for all household members that are employed.
· Information about the household's savings accounts and checking accounts.
· Information about the household's property, stocks, bonds, and other assets. (The value of motor vehicles and the applicants home will not be considered.)
· Name, date of birth, and social security numbers for each household member.
For more information call the LIEAP Hotline at 704 353-1336.
Media contact: Suzanne Jeffries at 704-353-0774 or