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Low-Income Energy Assistance
Dates set to apply for low income energy assistance

October 25, 2005


Charlotte, NC - The two-week application period for a state funded program that helps families with low incomes pay heating costs is set for November 7 - 18, 2005. With widespread predictions of increased heating costs, program officials anticipate people will have more interest about available assistance options.

Eligible households will receive the one-time payment in a check to be mailed in early February 2006, from the N. C. Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Locally, the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) administers the program. On Jan. 31, 2005, DSS issued 16,948 checks for an increase of 11.01 percent from the previous year. Those checks brought $1,164,171 in LIEAP funds to eligible Mecklenburg households. At that same time, the LIEAP checks for all of North Carolina totaled $14,052,805.

For a family to be eligible, the household must meet an income test; be responsible for its heating bills; cannot have assets over $2,200, and must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien. Some households receiving food stamps as of September 30, 2005 will be automatically eligible for LIEAP.

Three sites will accept applications in Mecklenburg County. Two will open only one day during the two-week application period November 7 - 18 and one site will be open on one Saturday:

Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church at 1117 South Blvd. in Charlotte
Monday - Friday, Nov. 7 - 18, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. - noon

Bethlehem Center - Southside Homes at 2705 Baltimore Ave. in Charlotte
Thursday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 12 noon

Ada Jenkins Community Center at 212 Gamble St. in Davidson. Call 704-892-5790 for directions.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Elderly or disabled persons may send a representative to apply for them, or they can call DSS at its LIEAP Hotline for assistance: 704-353-1336. Anyone who needs more information can call the LIEAP Hotline.

Applicants should have the following information:

-Information about your household's income. Bring all wage stubs for the month of October for all household members that are employed.

-Information about your household's savings accounts and checking accounts.

-Information about your household's property, stocks, bonds, and other assets. (The value of your motor vehicles and your home will not be considered).

-Name, date of birth, and social security numbers for each household member

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