Low Income Energy Assistance Program

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) is a federally-funded program that provides a one-time payment to help eligible individuals and families pay their heating bills.

Who is eligible?

The person applying must be responsible for home heating costs, have a gross income that falls at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, and must have less than $2,200 in savings. People who live in public housing and/or receive rental assistance are not eligible unless they pay for their own heating/cooling costs directly to a utility company (instead of paying a portion of their rent for utilities). The amount of the LIEAP heating benefit is determined by income, household size, utility type, and heating region. All payments will go directly to the utility companies.

When can I apply?

The application period is from December 1 – March 31. ONLY households with someone over the age of 60 or with a person who has a disability may apply December 1 – December 31. Beginning January 1, all other households may apply, and assistance will be provided until funds run out. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so people are encouraged to apply as soon as they are eligible.

Where and how do I apply?

The entire application process is handled by the Department of Social Services (DSS) in your area. Applications must be made in person, except for residents who are age 60 or older and/or have a disability. They may be permitted to receive and return applications by mail. Contact your local DSS office for more information.

Bring the following documentation when you apply:

  • Proof of income for members of the household age 18 and older (pay stubs from the last month, latest benefit letter from Social Security, or your most current tax records)
  • Social Security card or letter from Social Security Administration or social service agency showing age and Social Security number
  • Copy of your most recent utility bill
  • Copy of your current tax bill, mortgage, or rental lease showing proof of address.

Need more information? 

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Source: NCDHHS

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