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Low-Income Energy Assistance Funds Available

Low-Income Energy Assistance Funds Available

November 27, 2018

Households in Catawba County containing a person age 60 or older, or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, can apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes starting Monday, Dec. 3. All households can apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

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.

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:
    • For a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less
    • For a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts and cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

Catawba County households who want to apply for energy assistance may only do so in person at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), located at 245 East N Street in Newton. Greenway Public Transit Route 3 has a sheltered stop near ECCCM and also offers dial-a-ride service which can be reserved three businesses days in advance by calling (828) 464-9444.

ECCCM will be accepting applications from households with a person age 60 or older, or someone receiving benefits from the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, beginning Monday, Dec. 3. All households may apply from Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 through Friday, March 29, 2019.

For more information about applying for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, call Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry at (828) 465-1702.

For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, visithttps://www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance.