Brunswick County began accepting applications for LIHEAP, the annual energy assistance program, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019.
The LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.
Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, anyone may apply for the funds, regardless of age or disability. At that time, applications will be taken in person at the Town Creek Park Community Building, 6420 Ocean Hwy East, Winnabow, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Applicants must provide all income for the household and its members; checking and savings account statements for all members of the household; all property, stocks, bonds and other assets for all members of the household; the name, date of birth and social security number for each member of the household; and a copy of the current heating source bill, with the applicant’s name, address and account number.
Individuals who are homebound may have someone apply on their behalf. The homebound individual must write a statement giving their representative permission to apply on their behalf and provide the representative with eligibility requirements.
Applications will be taken until Mar. 31, or until all funds are exhausted. For additional information, please call 910-253-2422.
The following chart describes the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Eligibility Requirements.
|Eligibility Requirement||What’s Needed||How Often|
|Identity||ID, Contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation||At application|
|Address||Lease, rental agreement, any other shelter expenses, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situation||At application or situation, if moving|
|Citizenship/ Alien Status||Verification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization Service||At application|
|Social Security Number||Valid social security card or number||At application|
|Earned Income: Wages/Self-Employment||Wage stubs, tax forms contacting employer||At application|
|Unearned Income: Public Benefits/ Private Retirement Benefits/Trust, etc.||Documents from provider, award letter||At application|
|Assets/Resources||Ownership and tax records – bank and court documents||At application|
|Heating Expense||Copy of bills||At application|