Onslow County touts energy assistance program amid decline in applicants


Onslow County is seeing a low number of people walking through their doors for their Low Income Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIEAP

The Department of Social Services in Jacksonville normally sees dozens of people wrapped around the building during this time of year looking for assistance to help them with their energy bills. 

A spokesperson for Onslow County said this hasn’t been the case in the past few days, where the volume of people coming in is less than in 2018. 

The program helps families who are in a financial need to pay their electric bills. 

There is no exact reason for the low number of applicants, but they want to assure people the program is still here. 

“We do not have long lines waiting to be seen so if anyone out there wishes to apply they are more than welcomed to visit the agency,” said Agustine Gonzales, WFES social worker at Onslow County Dept. of Social Services. 

In order to be eligible, you must meet an income eligibility test and be a U.S. citizen or resident. 

The program will run until March or until funds run out. 

To apply you can go to the services location at 612 Main St. during their business hours. 

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