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Posted on: February 6, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Energy assistance program being offered

Program helps older & disabled adults with heating assistance

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program that assists low income individuals age 60 and above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services started December 2, 2013.

In 2011 the North Carolina Division of Social Services evaluated the program and made changes in accordance with changes mandated by the General Assembly.

Eligibility requirements this year include:
• At least 1 household member must be age 60 and above OR a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.
• Must meet income/resource eligibility and must apply, household must be responsible for its’ heating expense, must meet Citizenship eligibility
• There will NOT be automatic approvals.
• Energy payments will go directly to the service provider. This may include power, gas or oil companies.

“Staff have been preparing in recent months for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program," said Lara Gurganus, Adult Intervention team leader. "We continue our efforts to reach out to our older adult population to let them know about the eligibility requirements and how this could assist them during the winter months."

Pay careful attention to the information below:

Application dates:
• If funds are available, all other households may apply:
February 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Call: Call 206-4100
Visit: Applications will be taken at the Wilson County Department of Social Services, 100 Gold St., Wilson NC 27893

Ron Hunt, Communications Manager

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