Jan. 31 deadline: Energy assistance program for seniors

Jan. 28, 2013 — Just a few days remain for senior adults in Cabarrus County to apply for assistance with heating bills through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, provided program funds are not exhausted before the deadline. The program offers one-time annual payment towards heating for winter months in the form of a $200, $300 or $400 credit, depending on income and number of people in the household.
 
The program assists households that include least one person who is age 60 and older or one person who receives SSI, SSA or VA disability and also receives services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.
 
To qualify, the household must include a U.S. citizen or eligible alien with proof of legal citizenship, the household must be subject to the rising cost of heat because it has a heating source, and the household must meet income and resource guidelines.
 
Income limits for eligibility are as follows:
Number of people in household            Max. Income
1………...................................................$1,180
2……...................................................…$1,594
3……...................................................…$2,009
4…...........................................................$2,422
5...................................................………$2,835
6…….......................................................$3,250
7……...................................................…$3,663
8……...................................................…$4,077
9-13….....................................................Amounts vary
14…........................................................$6,560
 
Eligibility is determined by using income for the month prior to the date of application. Everyone who makes an application must bring verification of income, social security numbers and date of birth for all household members as well as a copy of the their primary heating source bill. You will also need to bring proof of cash-on-hand, savings/checking or money market accounts; and proof of assets, such as mutual funds, stocks and bonds.
 
Submit your application from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services, located at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis. 
 
For more information about LIEAP, call DHS at 704-920-1400.