Help is available for eligible people so they can stay warm this winter.
Households in McDowell County containing a person aged 60 or more, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 2, according to a news release from McDowell Department of Social Services.
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, $400, or $500.
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% of the federal poverty limit, such as for a household of one, an income of $1353 or less per month or for a family of four, an income of $2790 or less per month
» Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
» Be responsible for their heating cost
McDowell County households who want to apply for assistance may only do so in person at the McDowell County Department of Social Services office at 145 E. Court St., Marion.
The office will accept applications from households with a person aged 60 or older, or someone receiving benefits from the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services from Monday, Dec. 2, through Tuesday, Dec. 31. Hours for the site are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance program, go to https://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance.