Last day to apply for statewide energy assistance program


There are millions of dollars still available for assistance through a state-funded heating bill program and Friday is the last day to apply.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program offers one-time payments to help with heating costs from the winter months.

The Department of Health and Human Services program runs every year from Dec. through the end of Mar.

Social services representatives are urging those who qualify to apply Friday before the deadline ends.

Eligibility requirements for candidates include: earned income, retirement and disability status, and citizenship status. A candidate should also have a bank account reserve at or below $2,250.

”If someone heats with electricity, or with gas, or with oil, whatever the heating source is it provides them assurance one time during the year if they meet the income requirements for the program,” said Bryan Averette, economic support services at Pitt County Department of Social Services. 

If you qualify or think you qualify, stop by your county’s human services office. Staff ask you to bring your most recent utility or gas bill and a valid form of ID. 

County offices close at 5 p.m. 

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