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Energy assistance: low income North Carolina families

As inflation pushes the cost of energy up, many families are finding themselves in need of energy assistance.

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Some states have what is called LIHEAP, or Low Income Energy Assistance Programs.

These are federally funded programs run by the state.

North Carolina’s energy assistance program

North Carolina is a state that offers a one time vendor payment that helps qualifying families pay for their heating bill.

The NC Division of Aging and Adult Services helps households with at least one person age 60 or older, or with a disability.


Who qualifies for low income energy assistance like LIHEAP?

These households can sign up for LIHEAP between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31 each year.

Everyone else may apply from Jan. 1 through March 31 every year.

Applications are accepted until all funds are exhausted.

The following requirements must be met for households to become eligible

You must have at least one U.S. citizen or not citizen in your household that meets eligibility criteria.

The income test needs to be passed.

Your savings or reserves cannot exceed $2,250.

You must be responsible for paying the heating bill.

You must show proof for the following things to be eligible for energy assistance

  • Identity: ID
  • Address: Lease, rental agreement
  • Citizenship: Immigration and Naturalization Service status
  • Social Security Number: SSN card
  • Earned income: Paystubs or tax forms
  • Assets: Tax records, bank documents
  • Heating expenses: Bills
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