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Heating program expands to reach more homes

Households in Cabarrus County can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes through Friday, March 29, 2019. The program was previously limited to seniors and those who qualify for disability.

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 or $400.

Last year, the program provided approximately $32 million to help 128,160 households nationwide pay their heating bills from December 2017 through March 2018.

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 percent of the federal poverty limit, such as:  

  o For a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less

   o For a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less

• Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250  

• Be responsible for their heating costs

Cabarrus households that want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person at the Cabarrus County Human Services Center (1303 S Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis), Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn more about the Low-Income Energy Assistance program.

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