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Energy Bill Help
Applications will be taken November 3-15 for Mecklenburg County residents who need help paying their heating bills this winter.

October 29, 2008

LOW-INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO START TAKING APPLICATIONS 

Charlotte, NC – Applications for the North Carolina Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be taken from November 3 through November 15. The program assists Mecklenburg County residents who need help paying their heating bills this winter.  

Residents must apply in the counties in which they reside. Mecklenburg County residents may apply at the following locations: 

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Chapin Hall
3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28208
Monday – Friday, November 3-14, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 15, 8 a.m. – noon 

Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Farm Pond
5855 Executive Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212
Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Bethlehem Center, Southside Homes
2705 Baltimore Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203
Thursday, November 6, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Eligible households must: (1) meet an income requirement, (2) be responsible for its heating bills, (3) not have assets exceeding $2,200 and (4) include a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen. Eligible households will receive a one-time payment in February 2009 to help pay their heating costs.  

Some households receiving food stamps as of Sept. 30, 2008 are automatically eligible for LIEAP and have been notified. They do not need to apply. If you received a notice that your household was not automatically eligible but are still interested in applying, please apply in person at the dates and times listed above. 

Please bring the following information with you when you apply:

October pay stubs for each employed household member
October childcare receipts
October unearned income (such as award letters)
October bank statements for checking and savings accounts
Verification of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and savings certificates
Verification of retirement funds (e.g. IRAs, 401(k), Keogh)
Name, date of birth and Social Security cards of each household member
Items to verify your identity (e.g. passport, Social Security card, drivers license) 

"During cold weather and a struggling economy, no one should have to choose between buying fuel to heat their homes and buying food to feed their families," said Denise Cook and Cynthia Sampson of Food and Nutrition Services at Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS). "The LIEAP program assists our most vulnerable citizens in maintaining safe and warm homes. With the current economy, DSS is privileged to administer this beneficial program." 

Earlier this year, 17,380 households in Mecklenburg County received fuel payment assistance totaling more than $1.2 million; statewide, 236,907 households received payments totaling more than $17.2 million. 

For more information, call the Mecklenburg County LIEAP Hotline at 704-353-1336.




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