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Households of Alamance County Can Apply for Low- Income Energy Assistance Starting Dec. 3

Households in Alamance County containing a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 3. All households can apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

The federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months. Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300, or $400.

Last year, the program provided approximately $32 million to help 128,160 households pay their heating bills from December 2017 through March 2018.

To be eligible, a person must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit, such as:
  • For a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less
  • For a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

Alamance County households who want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person at the Alamance County Department of Social Services office located at:

319 North Graham-Hopedale Road
Burlington, NC 27217

Social Services will be accepting applications from households with a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult from Monday, Dec. 3, through Monday, Dec. 31, with the exception of December 24-26 when the Department of Social Services will be closed. Hours for the site are 8am-5pm. All households may apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance program, go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance or call the Alamance County Social Services Office at 336-570-6532 from 8am-5pm.