Cabarrus County Department of Social Services will begin accepting applications in December for its annual Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Due to the state realigning several social service programs, LIEAP is now targeted specifically to elderly adults with low incomes who need assistance with heating costs during cold weather months.
Changes to the LIEAP program include:
- The application period begins a month later and is extended to two months instead of 12 days. The application period runs December 1, 2011 through January 31, 2012 or as long as funds are available.
- All members of a household must be 60 years old or older.
- Food Stamp recipients no longer will be automatically approved for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. They must apply during the appropriate application period.
- Income limits to be eligible for energy assistance have increased by approximately 16 percent since last year. The income limit for a household is $1,180 for one, $1,594 for two, $2,009 for three, $2,422 for four, $2,835 for five and $3,250 for six. The income increases with the number of people in the household.
- Households determined eligible for energy assistance no longer will receive a check. All payments will be made directly to the vendor providing the household’s primary heating source.
- If funds are still available after January, all other households meeting the income requirements may apply for LIEAP during the general application period from February 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012.
Low-income individuals and families with household members of any age who require energy assistance also may apply for the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). This program will begin when low-temperature weather conditions create a crisis situation for those having heating needs. This program is for heating emergencies only. There is a limit to the amount of CIP assistance a single household may receive.
Applications for energy assistance may be made from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at Cabarrus County Department of Social Services located at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis.
Eligibility will be determined by using income for the month prior to the date of application. Everyone that 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.
Anyone who feels that they are in a crisis situation should contact the Department of Social Services at 704-920-1400 or come to the office during the hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.