Application period for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) starts Jan. 4

12.30.2020

Application period for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) starts Jan. 4

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BOLIVIA, N.C. – Eligible applicants can submit applications for LIEAP, the annual energy assistance program, starting Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The LIEAP, or Low-Income 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% of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

All eligible households can apply online through the ePASS portal at epass.nc.gov beginning Jan. 4.

Applicants can also submit a paper application through mail, fax or by dropping it off at their local Social Services Department.

Brunswick County Social Services will have paper applications and a drop box available for applications outside of its offices (Building B, 60 Government Center Drive, Bolivia, 28422) beginning Jan. 4.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brunswick County Social Services will only conduct interviews for the program over the phone to support social distancing initiatives. Individuals must provide a valid phone number on their application to ensure a Social Services team member can reach them in the event of questions or an interview.

Individuals can also contact their local Social Services Department for questions on how to apply.

All household applications will be accepted from Jan. 4, 2021 to March 31, 2021, or until funds are exhausted.

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.

To be eligible for the LIEAP program, a household must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets the eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130% of the federal poverty limit
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts and cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

For more information on the program and eligibility, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/lowl-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance.

The following chart describes the Low-Income Energy Assistance Eligibility Requirements.

LIEAP Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility RequirementWhat's NeededHow Often
IdentityID, Contact with someone knowledgeable of your situationAt application
AddressLease, rental agreement, any other shelter expenses, contact with someone knowledgeable of your situationAt application or situation, if moving
Citizenship/Alien StatusVerification of citizenship/alien status via Immigration and Naturalization ServiceAt application
Social Security NumberValid social security card or numberAt application
Earned Income: Wages/Self-EmploymentWage stubs, tax forms contacting employerAt application
Unearned Income: Public Benefits/Private Retirement Benefits/Trust, etc.Documents from provider, award letterAt application
Assets/ResourcesOwnership and tax records - bank and court documentsAt application
Heating ExpenseCopy of billsAt application

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For media inquiries, contact the Public Information Officer at 910.253.2995 or email meagan.kascsak@brunswickcountync.gov

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