Low-Income Energy Assistance Starts December 1

Low-Income Energy Assistance Starts December 1

Households in Wayne County containing a person aged 60 or more, 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 Tuesday, Dec. 1.  If your household meets the above criteria, currently receives Food and Nutrition Services and received LIEAP last year, you may qualify to receive an Automated Payment this year. Eligible households will be notified in November and do not need to apply. All other households can apply from Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 through Wednesday, March 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

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 $300, $400 or $500.

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, a monthly income of $1,382 or less
  • For a family of four, a monthly income of $2,838 or less
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

Due to the current pandemic, applicants are not required to complete applications in the office nor have a face-to-face interview. All completed applications will require an interview; however, this interview can be conducted by telephone. Wayne County households who want to apply for energy assistance can do so by the following ways:

  • Pick up an application at 100 S James St, Goldsboro or;
  • Access applications online via https://epass.nc.gov or www.waynegov.com or;
  • Contact the agency at 919-731-1577 to complete a telephone interview and/or have an application mailed to them

Completed applications may be submitted as follows:

  • Mailed to or placed in the drop box located at Wayne County DSS, 100 S James St, Goldsboro, NC 27530 or;
  • Faxed to 919-731-1106 or;
  • Emailed to [email protected]