Energy assistance programs available for those in need

Published 7:54 pm Thursday, January 5, 2023

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services has announced that applications are being accepted for two programs: Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

Households can now apply for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) online at epass.nc.gov. “This helps make it easy and convenient to apply for this program in a safe and socially distant way,” stated the DCDHHS announcement. “If you receive other public assistance benefits, EPASS is a convenient way to update your address and telephone number.”

Applicants can also print a paper application from epass.nc.gov or pick up a paper application to mail, fax or drop off at the DCDHHS – Social Services Division offices in Manteo or Frisco or call to apply by phone.

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LIEAP applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023 or until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for the LIEAP program, a household must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty limit
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts and cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

Crisis Intervention applications will be accepted until June 30, 2023 or until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for the CIP program, a household must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Meet the income test
  • Have an energy related crisis
  • Have a utility statement that shows how much is owed to alleviate the crisis
  • Must have a health-related or life-threatening emergency

For more information on the energy programs and eligibility, visit the CIP website at bit.ly/3vffdT3 and LIEAP website at bit.ly/3YO5q3M.

“Dare County Department of Health & Human Services strongly encourages families to take advantage of all the new ways to apply for assistance programs,” stated the announcement.

For more information, call 252-475-5500.

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