Energy bill assistance available to area seniors and disabled

Apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program through January 31

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Dec. 12, 2013 -- Too often, families are forced to make difficult decisions when finances aren’t available to cover basic needs, like food, shelter and heat. Through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, families can apply for one-time annual vendor payment to help pay heating expenses.

The application period is open now through January 31 for the target population, including households with a member age 60 or older and households in which one member is determined disabled by the Social Security or Veterans Administration and is receiving services through Aging and Adult Services. The program opens to all other households between February 1 and March 31. 

Eligibility for the program is based on the household income, the number of people who live in the home, and residency, need and resource guidelines. Please keep in mind, food and nutrition recipients no longer automatically receive energy assistance—you must apply during the application period. 

Households determined eligible for Low Income Energy Assistance do not receive a check—all payments are made directly to the vendor.

For more information or to apply for the energy assistance program, visit the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services office, located at 1303 S. Cannon Blvd., in Kannapolis, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or call 704-920-1400.